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   Posted 9/7/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Just curious how much everyone can eat on a daily basis.  I get in about 1200 - 1500 calories on most days, and I'm full to the brim!  Somedays I do eat more maybe about 3000, so I think my body balances out this way.  I'm a female, about 5" 5 and 110 -115 pounds depending on the day!! he he

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   Posted 9/7/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Totally depends on how I'm feeling. Right now I think I'm putting away about 1200/day. It's a way to lose weight slowly, but it certainly isn't my preferred method! Then when I have a day where I feel well I'm FAMISHED.
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   Posted 9/7/2010 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Overweight, always have been. :(
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   Posted 9/7/2010 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
about 1200-1500 per day most days for me too.

Anything more than 800 calories a day, or whatever, makes me feel rubbish for hours upon end - usually from about 7pm onwards, shortly after dinner is over.

Female, 5'0", 90-93lb.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm about 100 pounds, and 5' 4". I generally eat between 1200-1500 calories a day. I actually don't eat that much in terms of quantity, but what I do eat is high calorie (like nut butter). I also break it up into multiple mini meals: breakfast, lunch, snack, supper, snack, & snack. Eating smaller amounts seems to help with digestion.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I probably eat a little more than I should. I try and not eat huge meals, and supplement them with snacks throughout the day. I have developed a bit of a gut since I've been healthy again, I should probably do something about it.
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't count my calories at all but what I do know is that one day I'll get full really fast and the next day I'll never get full! I don't understand it. Do you guys have this at all?
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   Posted 9/8/2010 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't count calories and I am overweight. I once had a doctor tell me that he was surprised I had Crohn's because normally a Crohn's patient is thin! Lucky me, huh? I eat things that I know will bother me, BUT the key is they don't bother me every time. It's hard to judge what to eat and what not to eat. If something bothers me everytime then I stay away from that. One thing I know that I need to give up is soda. What does everyone eat, specific items?

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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never understood calorie ratings. I'm male and according to my height/activity level, etc. most of the charts say I need something like 2,600 calories per day to maintain my weight. I know that I take in, on average, hundreds of calories per day less than this and I maintain my weight. What gives?

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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat way more than I'm supposed to, but I used to work out 11 hrs/wk and I needed that much to maintain my weight/build muscle.  Now the arthritis has been so bad I haven't been able to work out and I've gained about 9 lbs since March.  It's hard to cut back when I'm used to eating so often.  If I don't eat every few hours, my stomach starts to bother me. 

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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't count calories either, but I can say I really don't eat much.  I generally eat breakfast, snack, lunch and then I am good for the rest of the day.  I really just don't have a large appetite. 
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   Posted 9/8/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Im ashamed to say that I have to be in extreme pain before I eat less. I love my food, always eat too much, even though it aint good for me.  Have been overweight for years

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   Posted 9/8/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not going to lie, I probably eat about 3,000 cals a day and I'm about 60lbs overweight.  Everything that I eat is super high in calories though (breads, rice, pasta, cakes) fruits and veggies don't sit well with me.

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   Posted 9/8/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Levi said...
I've never understood calorie ratings. I'm male and according to my height/activity level, etc. most of the charts say I need something like 2,600 calories per day to maintain my weight. I know that I take in, on average, hundreds of calories per day less than this and I maintain my weight. What gives?

Those charts should be taken with a large pinch of salt. Calorie requirement varies hugely according to age, height and gender, but also according to activity levels, metabolism, and body build. The recommended daily calorie requirement of 2500 a day for men and 2000 for women is actually too high for many. As long as you're not losing any weight, I wouldn't worry a jot about not eating enough.
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