How many calories do you consume daily and how much do you exercise?

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  1. -RF-

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    I eat around 2200-2400 and would describe my current activity level as low-moderate :-|
     
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  2. Jeebs

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    2000-2200, activity level moderate-high (weights 4x week, cardio 2-3x week plus tennis)
     
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  3. r2473

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    Are we talkin' High Fructose Corn Syrup calories or "normal" calories?
     
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    I would guess -- and it really is a guess -- that I am about 1750 calories a day. I tend not to diet or count calories, so I really do not know.

    I did, however, have *two Twinkies* today.

    Wait, wait! I can explain.

    When my son was little, we would declare a celebration when he achieved something big in school. I also wanted my children to understand why my childhood treats tasted like. So I bought a box of Twinkies and announced we would have a "Twinkiebration" -- a celebration with Twinkies.

    Something good happened yesterday, so he went to the store and bought a whole box of Twinkies to celebrate something I had done. I ate two.

    As you can see, I had no choice.
     
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  5. Ronaldo

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    Twinkies are available again?
     
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  6. DownTheLine

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    2800-3000 calories a day

    tennis 6x a week for 3 hours each time
    weightlifting 4-5 time a week
     
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    2400-2800 a day. I play tennis 3-4 times a week, plus gym or other anaerobic training for 1-3 times a week. Outside of training, minimal physical effort :)
     
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    2000 calories a day, I play tennis 9 hours a week, lifting for 3 hours, and miscellaneous exercise for 3-4 hours. Current;y on a calorie deficit to lose some excess fat.
     
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  9. Andyroddickfan

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    Don't really count, but over 4k a day.
     
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  10. Thud and blunder

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    Some of these estimates look pretty far off, especially people who're training hard; I'm guessing most of these estimates are just pulled out of the air.
     
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    I am on the court an average of 2.5 hours per day and I do some fitness work every day as well. I try to get into 240 minutes of intense cardio per week and 2 or 3 full body weightlifting sessions. Plus my wife and I walk everywhere, we hate driving if we don't have to. I eat to maintain almost no deficit, for years I tracked religiously in a notebook macros and calories. Now I pretty much know it by feel.
     
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    When you tracked calories, how many did it take to maintain your weight daily?
     
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    I have a reasonable metabolism so generally it was around 14 times my lean body mass.
     
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    How are most of you tracking calories?

    I ask because I'm not really sure of how much I eat or the calorie counts of various quantities of food. I think most people do not really know how much they eat in a day. Over time I must be eating the correct amount as my body mostly stays within a 10lb range and I don't need to buy new clothing.
     
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    around 1500, perhaps less on some days. I play twice a week two hours each time. sometimes a little more some times less.
     
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  17. r2473

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    4,000 calories a day as an average for the US? I find that hard to believe.
     
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  19. Andyroddickfan

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    Some of these calorie estimations are way too low. Are you all 5'4 135? How can you guys be that active and not even top 3k?
     
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  20. rdis10093

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    5'10 134lbs as of five minutes ago after just eating a subway vegetarian footlong. with extra onions. love the onions.
     
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  21. rdis10093

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    3k???


    10 char
     
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  22. Ronaldo

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    Was that your 4th meal?
     
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    technically it was linner (lunch plus dinner) as I never eat a full meal before tennis club.
     
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    only hobbits and drunk people that go to taco bell eat fourth meals.
     
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  26. Ronaldo

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    It is a late night meal
     
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    5'5, 70-73kg in bodyweight (depending on the day)

    I cycle calories, ranges from 2000-2800

    Weightlifting 4-5 days a week, High Intensity cardio 2 days (prowler, rower intervals)

    Cycling like that has kept me pretty steadily in that range of body weight, haven't gone over 72.8kg since I started, today was 70.5kg with three 2800 calorie days ahead of me. I count by weight for foods that don't have nutrition labels. Even the ones that do I weigh out my food on a kitchen scale so I have a pretty damn good estimate of what i'm eating.

    Eating out makes it a bit tougher, sorta have to ballpark, but I probably have a tendency to overestimate the macro breakdown
     
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  28. Andyroddickfan

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    3 thousand...
     
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    1500-2K a day
     
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  30. Thud and blunder

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    Yeah, sorry; my BS detector was out of batteries. the 3800 calories is aggregate food supply.

    From the originals source (USDA): Of that 3,800 calories, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) estimates that roughly 1,100 calories were lost to spoilage, plate waste, and cooking and other losses, putting dietary intake of
    calories in 2000 at just under 2,700 calories per person per day. ERS data suggest that average daily calorie intake increased by 24.5 percent, or about 530
    calories, between 1970 and 2000. Of that 24.5-percent increase, grains (mainly refined grain products) contributed 9.5 percentage points; added fats and oils,
    9.0 percentage points; added sugars, 4.7 percentage points; fruits and vegetables together, 1.5 percentage points; meats and nuts together, 1 percentage point; and dairy products and eggs together, -1.5 percentage point.
     
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  31. dr325i

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    Two hours of singles/competitive tennis will burn more than 1500 calories.
    One beer is 150 calories, a slice of bread is 100 cal, 3/4 cup of regular cereal with skim milk is 300 cal, Starbucks Cafe Latte = 200 cal, slice of pizza is 250 cal...

    I believe most people HEAVILY under estimate how much they take in.

    I am using my fitnesspal app and tracking every bite I take in and I cannot imagine anyone (not on a strict diet) consuming below 2500+ calories per day.

    That being said, I am on a diet, dropped 20 lbs (slowly since January) and the app calculated with no exercise and sitting in my office 9-10 hours per day, I should be taking 1700 calories per day to drop the weight, approx 4 lbs per month (1lb per week). It worked as expected, as it took me about 5 months to drop 20 lbs.

    I spend approximately 30-40 of my time in Asia between planes, trains, and cars and customer visits with dinners, etc. and VERY limited exercise. When home, I play tennis approx 10 hours per week.
     
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  32. corbind

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    Yea I'd guess most are under estimating. If you took pictures of everything you eat in a day and look at it you'll be shocked. If not then you will when you research and find out calorie counts.
     
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    Jesus reading these replies i'm suddenly feeling very guilty hehe.
     
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    I'm 5'11 175 lbs

    i eat roughly 2100-2200 cals a day, tennis 4 hours a week, weights 1 hour, run 10kms once a week, so about 6 hours of fairly strenuous activity

    i track my calories through myfitnesspal. 2100 is my maintenance level.

    i was losing weight at 1800 calories. Started at almost 200 and lost the weight over about 9 months about 2 years ago.

    in my experience everyone (including me) grossly over estimates how many calories theyre burning through exercise and under estimates how many calories theyre eating every day unless theyre tracking very carefully and diligently
     
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    yeah man I am a vegetarian and I know exactly what I am eating and how many calories is in the food I eat. some people may overestimate, but I do not.

    your estimation of burning 1500 calories for two hours of tennis seems way off though.
     
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  36. rdis10093

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    and who gets lattes? coffee is a drug. take it like a man and just get a double shot of espresso. five calories. I hate going to starbucks, and there is some guy I want a caramel frap with extra cream. takes like ten minutes.

    But I do love going on coffee dates and asking the ladies if the want me to cream in their coffee.
     
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    you burn a little more than 100 calories per mile run.

    add or minus a few depending on runners weight and speed of mile.
     
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  38. -RF-

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    I drink tea with sweeteners instead of sugar :p

    I am 6 foot and weigh roughly 152 pounds..... got a friend with the same height who weighs roughly 15 more pounds but I swear he has less BF than I do...
     
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  39. Big_Dangerous

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    Yeah I don't buy half of what people are saying. If you aren't actually adhering to serving sizes and counting calories there's no ****ing way I can trust any estimate you are going to give, especially if that estimate is sub 2000 calories per day. It's so easy to have an extra serving or 3 of something and then think you only had 1.
     
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    I am 5' 8" and weigh 155 my maintenance is around 2300 clean calories or a bit less not clean. I am on the court for 2.5 hours per day 1.5 drilling with people and 1 with the ball machine and I have worn a heart meter which estimated my calorie burn at around 550 per hour a bit more on the machine probably because you pick up balls less frequently. I burn around 600 doing my fitness and cardio ever day so I eat 2300 + right around 2000, 4300 per day. On off days I just eat maintenance on deload weeks I eat maintenance. If I want to lose weight or improve body comp, I create a deficit of around 500 calories.
     
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    I dont really cafe if one trusts me or not on an internet forum or not. I am in my prime at the height of my life at college, and it is important for me to look my absolute best. my diet is a bit strange, but OP asked and I answered.
     
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  42. movdqa

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    2100-2200 moderate exercise (I run an average of 3 miles per day, besides tennis 1-2 days a week, some strength-training a few times a week and stretching almost every day).

    It's amazing how efficient the body is in terms of how much you can do on so few calories.
     
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  43. Thud and blunder

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    I think I trust these estimates even less than people's serve speed estimates, and that's saying something.
     
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  44. Ronaldo

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    As obsessive as some folks are in logging their meals and diet, some may be spot on.
     
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    > I think I trust these estimates even less than people's
    > serve speed estimates, and that's saying something.

    I've been logging what I eat on LiveStrong's MyPlate for 1.5 years now. There are a bunch of websites and mobile apps that painlessly log what you eat and drink and spit out calories, percent fat, protein, carbs; fiber, sugars, sodium, and cholesterol.

    I'd guess that there are millions of people using these tools. So many that the earnings of Weight Watchers has been impacted (they provide a calorie-tracker with membership I guess). Those of us on low-carb diets use them so that we can ensure that we're on the plan.

    As far as the serve speed analogy goes, it would be as if people were using speed guns to track their service speeds.
     
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  46. Thud and blunder

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    Inputting your meals into some website is not the equivalent of measuring your serve with a radar gun, it's the equivalent of asking your buddy sitting in the bleachers how he thought the serve looked. The equivalent of a speed gun would be a calorimeter.
     
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  47. movdqa

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    > Inputting your meals into some website is not the
    > equivalent of measuring your serve with a radar gun,
    > it's the equivalent of asking your buddy sitting in the
    > bleachers how he thought the serve looked. The
    > equivalent of a speed gun would be a calorimeter.

    Let's say that you consume 30 grams of almonds, measured on a kitchen scale accurate to 1/2 gram. Would you consider that accurate?

    > I think I trust these estimates even less than people's
    > serve speed estimates, and that's saying something.

    Do you still believe this statement?
     
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    I have no idea. I eat as much as I desire, and what I desire. Generally I like to eat high-fat, high protein and low sugar, with the occasional sugar boost.
    I don't exercise as such, but I'm a house painting contractor, which is pretty physical work.
     
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  49. Thud and blunder

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    Roughly; it's still based on an estimated average calorific value, so if you want to extend the analogy, it's like having an experienced coach estimate your serve speed. Of course, if you ever cook anything, or eat anything prepared, then the whole thing goes out the window.

    I'm curious, though, why would you do this? I'd consider it a sign of a potential borderline eating disorder, or at least an unhealthy relationship with food.

    I don't know why you seem to be getting defensive about your methods. If you're happy with them, great. I'll stick with my statement, which wasn't directed at you, but was of general applicability.
     
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    Use myfitnesspal apps in iPhone 5
     
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