In Dr. Graham's 80 10 10, it recommends that for a sedentary woman like myself at the moment, I would need 1,050 calories to maintain my weight (105 ish, 5'3"), plus another couple hundred calories for puttering about...This puts me at way under the 2,500 calories/day minimum that's recommended on this site! I know I'm not the first person with this confusion, but could someone clear this up?!
In my opinon a big part of this lifestyle is exercise. A sedentary man or women doesn't do any exercise, right? So if you are exercising at least 30 min a day you should aim for 2500 calories. Eat more calories to have more energy to exercise more.
I definitely agree with you that exercise is a huge part of this, but my number one goal is to feel confident with the diet. The recommendations are just so different (the book compared to this site)!
I completely agree - I'm confused too with regards to the book compared to the website.
I honestly do not put too much stock on a "one-size" fits all caloric intake. This site is supposed to be based on the Dr. Graham's book, so I would stick to the source material -- and listen to your body, of course as the ultimate authority and judge. 3,000 or 2,500 may or may not be appropriate for everyone.
definitely makes sense-it's just crazy to me that this site suggests that I ate DOUBLE what the book does, yet the book is practically the bible of this site!
1200 cals a day is what anorexics average. Eat 1200 if you want to perform, look and feel like anorexic.
Confusion? There is no confusion. Eat more to live more. If you can maintain sanity, experience personal growth, build relationships, fitness, a tight toned body on 1200cals a day then you will be the first adult to ever do so.
Well there is the confusion that according to the 811 book I need around 1700 cals a day and according to this website I need 3000+.
I have the same concerns as you do, I am 5'3", as well, and a bit underweight at 97 lbs. I am only on day 3 of HCRV and yesterday I only managed to down 1100 calories, but eating that much was a big step for me. I am relatively active (weight-training & hot pilates). I don't know how many calories I should be eating on active versus inactive days.
it's totally confusing i know! i come from an eating disordered background and it is a big accomplishment to eat that many calories, so congrats on the progress : )
Eva, you get the best of all worlds here, Dr Dougs fabulous book but with unrestricted calories :) if you can just let go of the calorie issue and embrace the abundance it will all fall into place.
I still track my calories just to sense check the 8/1/1 split although I'm normally 90/5/5, 3 weeks in and I feel better than ever before in my life even though I came from vegan cooked rather than SAD.
I was a bit worried about the calories to start with but I trust myself and the advice I've had on this site completely now :)
Good luck x
thanks for the encouragement-comments like this help me sooo much!!!
and I did not mean to assume that you also came from an eating disordered background.