I'm sure this question has been asked hundreds of times, but I'm really intrigued about how many calories 'average primal folks' (I know theres no way to define 'average') are consuming!
I don't really count calories, but, as I used to count them almost religiously, the idea stays in my mind and, according to popular wisdom, I'm way too inclined to underconsume!
I'm on two meals a day usually (suits me best), about 400-800 cals each, with lots of veg, some leanish meat/eggs (sometimes a snack of fruit, dark chocolate or nuts in the afternoon/ evening and maybe a cream coffee), but, when I do tally it up, I usually have around 1200 cals a day, I never really go over 1600, never binge like I did a few years ago. I'm 23, male, 70kg, 180cm, fairly active (not too many heavy workouts, I walk, run, play, swim, climb trees, stay active at least a few hours a day).
I suppose my question is: would you recommend upping the calories for the sake of general health? Or is anyone else in a similar situation?
Thanks for having the patience to read such an over-asked question, but I couldn't find any good threads on the matter!
Agreed. That doesn't sound like nearly enough calories for a 23 yo male!
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For the metrically challenged Yanks this is a 5'10", 154 lb 23 year old male only eating 1200 calories a day??????
Are you sure you're really counting everything including cooking oils, salad dressings, etc? As, Kharnath said, either undereating or underreporting is going on here.
I'm a 20 year old male, 180cm, 70kg, who only walks half an hour a day and 3 weight sessions a week (far less than you). I eat about 3000 calories. You should probably be eating at least 2000-2300
I was listening to Super Human Radio and they were interviewing Richard Simmons and he stated that he maintains on 1600 calories.