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I eat 1,200-1,500 calories a day. Is that enough?

I'm 19, 5"3', female, and weigh 120. For the past at least five years of my life, I've been eating 1,200-1,500 calories, which leaves me feeling satisfied, energized, and maintaining my weight. I've been eating a very healthy vegan diet, and have eaten pretty healthy my whole life.


I feel like I'm eating enough, and I'm maintaining my weight, but our "experts" say I need to eat more. I feel like if I ate more, I would just gain weight, but I'm at a healthy weight now. I exercise moderately.

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Calorie needs are individual and depend on age, gender, lean body mass and your level of activity. Since you are not overweight, I wonder why you count calories at all. It seems to me, if you eat well balanced, regular meals and let hunger and fullness guide your eating, you will get the right amount for your body type. Emerging research shows that young adults who eat this way (often called intuitive or mindful eating) have lower BMIs -- and disordered eating -- then those who don't.

It may be that you started counting calories to lose weight 5 years ago. But I say ditch the calorie counting and learn how to trust and nourish your body instead.   

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Hope your weight is 120 pounds and not 120 Kg. If the current calorie intake keeps you satisfied and energized, you do not have to worry at all. If you are following any diet chart, see to it that your calorie intake is between 1800-2100 calories, which is normally recommended for a healthy person.

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