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    Hey everyone,
    I’ve been thinking a lot about caloric intake lately, since I’m trying to raise my metabolism (coming off lower carb diet). It’s interesting to think that walking for a half hour on a treadmill will only burn like 100 calories, for example. So why do we need as many calories as many recommend? What is the 2000 calorie per day recommendation based on? I have to try and eat that much food. It’s not easy for me. Just curious what some people’s thoughts on this are. I want to get enough calories to have my body run efficiently, but see no point in overdoing it, even though I’m quite thin. I’ve even heard some people say the idea of a calorie-based diet should be abolished completely. I definitely don’t agree with that, however. Anyway, thanks for your thoughts.


    The 2000 calories a day is based off a USDA food consumption survey. Ie people self reporting what they ate (and according to a google search the reported numbers were rounded down significantly to end up at 2000).

    I’m a big fan of the calorie concept being abolished personally. I just don’t see how it can help when the body can adjust its needs so significantly depending on what/how much is consumed. It makes me think of the futility of trying to negotiate with an infant: your logic, no matter how correct can have no impact on a system that can’t understand anything past its basic biology.

    When I first started I had never deliberately restricted my calories but I tracked for a few days and found I was nowhere near even a conservative estimate for a pregnant woman of my activity level. I struggled to consume more until I discovered that drinking calories (primarily whole milk) was an easy way to bump my calories without reducing my appetite.

    I’m now mostly just trying to keep my brain out of the way and listen to my body. It’s been 7 months now since I tracked my calories and while I’m kinda curious I’m leaving them out of sight with the scale as a tool that can be helpful, but can also be harmful and I’m personally feeling better off without either.


    Hey Erin, yes I agree with what you said. I think the 2000 calorie thing is good for a guideline, but would think it’s not for everyone. I do think I need to get more calories, though, because I’m quite thin, so I’ll be upping them for a while and see how I feel. Thanks for your input!

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