View Poll Results: what are your maintenance calories?

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  • 1000-1999

    5 8.33%
  • 2000-2999

    24 40.00%
  • 3000-3999

    22 36.67%
  • 4000-4999

    8 13.33%
  • 5000-5999

    0 0%
  • 6000-6999

    0 0%
  • 7000-7999

    0 0%
  • 8000+

    1 1.67%
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Thread: Maintenance Calories... what are yours?

  1. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Roberts View Post
    4500 296lbs 6'6" leanish.

    That's to maintain and that's dropped massively in the last 10yrs - I'd be taking more than that in to maintain a weight of 240lbs.

    Any of the more experienced guys on here notice things slowing down once you're in your thirties and older?
    I have always believed to some extent that as we age we become less active, hence our metaolism slows down. At 40 I am in the best shape I have been in years becuase I am eating cleaner calories and being much more active. I just noticed I am starting to lose too quickly so I have to even up my calories a little.


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    I'm 5'11 220 lbs with an intake of 3800-4000 calories per diam

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    For me 3,500 to 4,000 keeps my weight constant. I'm 215 and 6'4".
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    When I was accurately tracking it in 2008, my maintenance was about 2200-2400 a day and to lose any weight i'd have to dip below 2000. I've spent most of my life overweight so i'm sure this has had soem affect on those numbers.

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    Age: 20
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    Maintenance is somewhere around 2500-2600ish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Clough View Post
    My metabolism is so friggin slow I reckon that they could use me as soem type of freak experiment lol.

    I am averaging 2,000 calories a day and am pretty active (3-5 hours cardio, 2-3 hours weights) and I am pretty close to maintaining now! Current weight = 183ish @ 17% BF.
    My deskjob has hit me real hard.
    I'm averaging about 1500-1800 calories a day.
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    Weight: 150 pounds
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    Maintenance: 2800 calories

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdizenzo View Post
    I have always believed to some extent that as we age we become less active, hence our metaolism slows down. At 40 I am in the best shape I have been in years becuase I am eating cleaner calories and being much more active. I just noticed I am starting to lose too quickly so I have to even up my calories a little.
    This is a pretty interesting debate. From what sources I've read it seems that metabolism really doesn't slow down because of age, it slows down because of lifestyle changes.
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    metabo can also slow down due to testosterone levels that naturally diminish as you get older.. keep an eye on test levels and you can probably keep your metao high..
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    I am at maintenance/gain a little weight level also. I say gain a little weight because I kind of messed up maintenance the first time around and my BMI dropped below 20. I am starting to think that losing weight was easier, for really 2 reason. It was easier to lose weight because all you really need is a calorie defeicit so you could be -200 one day then -500 the next day and still lose weight, maintenance you have to find a amount that you should eat around all the time.

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    Maintain at just under 2000, which includes my workout activity. I'm 5'6, 145ish.
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    My maintenance calories are around 3100 when I lift 4-5 days a week. Right now, lifting and doing cardio most days I need around 3400 to maintain. I'm 5'11" and 200 lbs.

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    interesting. around 3100 @ 6' 205 lbs.

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    heath? wtf. Old school WBB up in here. (Old thread too)

    3000-3500 to maintain. Depends on how active my day is.
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    would venture to say high 2000's

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    I really have no idea, but I'd have to say I maintain on 3000-3500 a day, and that's with a pretty sedentary lifestyle and training 2-3 times a week.

    I'm 5'11, 215lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Clough View Post
    My metabolism is so friggin slow I reckon that they could use me as soem type of freak experiment lol.

    I am averaging 2,000 calories a day and am pretty active (3-5 hours cardio, 2-3 hours weights) and I am pretty close to maintaining now! Current weight = 183ish @ 17% BF.
    Glad to see someone with a similar metabolism to me. I usually eat around 1800-2200 just depending on the exercise days and I weigh 170 now. I have similar cardio and weight times to that as well. I guess I'm in the process of bulking up since if I lose anymore weight it's gonna start being weird, as I've been 220-240+ for most of my life. It just sucks having to eat more to gain muscle while still having those ugly bulges of fat on the stomach and inner theighs. It looks like the cardio still eats away at those though even while I stay at my 160g of protein a day, it's just slower...

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    I hear ya.

    The one thing I will say is getting lean and also being in the habit of doing regular cardio/conditioning sessions does definately change your metablism somewhat.

    I am now on 2,500 and just about maintaining, gaining a little and 2 years ago that would have put me about 10lbs heavier than I am now. So it is possible to slowly increase your metablism and hence how much you can eat - look at Allen Cress as a great example of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by james_w8lifter View Post
    Unfortunately it seems mine are around 3800-4000. I feel like I'm eating all damn day just to maintain, much less bulk. I'm at 6'1", 211lbs...
    During the off season mine are around 4500-5000 at 5'10" and weighing 210-215lbs.

    If you are reading this thread make sure you don't just start eating the calories listed because someone is the same height and weight as you. Maintenance calories are very indivdual based on ones Metabolic rate.

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