I am female. I can cut a ton of calories and not lose, but I can also eat a ton and not gain. I think the body down and up regulates metabolism based on amount of food to an extent. I am not saying calories do not matter at all, but I don't believe a straight CICO-weightloss correlation.
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For me it works on the ratios
I am 5 ft 1 and 122 lbs and 58
Only exercise is walking 6+ k/ day
To maintain the above I can eat about 1400 cals BUT only if the carbs are below 100 g doesn't matter how many cals if that carb figure goes above 150 g I will put on weight.....
Some of you may die, but that is a risk I'm willing to take.
Now that I think of it my "maintenance level" is much like others have responded.... vast. I can way overeat or even undereat and remain where I am. I'm about 15% bf by calipers though, so I'm cool with that. Sure I can fluctuate 5-10lbs in a week (or more like this past weekend), but I always settle back to this weight as long as I'm eating 80% primal.
Last edited by Neckhammer; 09-06-2013 at 12:08 PM.
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I've been eating the same 1200-1400 calories for many years. It was only when I replaced carb calories with fat/protein calories that I saw a difference in weight.
5'0" female, 42 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Current weight: 105.5 lbs because of sugar cheating.
MY PRIMAL: I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I aim for 80-90 g carb/day and advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and other need to tweak Primal to their own needs.