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davisj3537
03-29-2015, 09:35 PM
I've been arguing with the fiance lately and I need some assurance that I'm not crazy. She claims her maintenance is 1200 cals @ 170lbs. She is tall and wears it well, but I'm just having a very hard time believing such a low maintenance number. If she wasn't an extremely accomplished doctor I wouldn't be so hesitant.

Is this normal?

Botika
03-29-2015, 09:37 PM
My maintenance is around 2000-2200 lifting 4x per week, no cardio. I'm 5'5 approx 130lb at the moment. I bulk at 2400+ and cut around 1500-1600. :)

determined4000
03-29-2015, 09:39 PM
I am NOT female but
1. she probably doesnt weigh and count food religiously
2. She would have to be very sedentary
3. She would have to have little muscle mass
4. She would have had to force her body to adapt to a chronically low intake

but my guess is she eats more than that anyways (due to mis-tracking)

also very very few doctors know anything about nutrition that is currently backed by proper research

sonnydfrizzy
03-29-2015, 09:52 PM
15 cals/lb is usual maintenance.
I have 3k+ at 160 male.

Rodzilla
03-29-2015, 10:27 PM
she may have confused her BMR with her intake.

Gxp23
03-29-2015, 11:11 PM
3000, was 4000 when I was 20 lbs heavier.

Edit: Also, like mentioned, if she isnt tracking properly and not proving that 1200 is the number she is maintaining on, its likely she is just guestimating and rounding numbers.

determined4000
03-29-2015, 11:14 PM
and even though I am a guy who works out, I am only 5'2" and eat far far more than that to maintain

Gxp23
03-29-2015, 11:14 PM
and even though I am a guy who works out, I am only 5'2" and eat far far more than that to maintain

Yea but at 999lbs you must need it.



:P

davisj3537
03-29-2015, 11:35 PM
My maintenance is around 2000-2200 lifting 4x per week, no cardio. I'm 5'5 approx 130lb at the moment. I bulk at 2400+ and cut around 1500-1600. :)
Thanks Bot. Mod negs incoming:)

but my guess is she eats more than that anyways (due to mis-tracking)

also very very few doctors know anything about nutrition that is currently backed by proper research
I agree with both.

she may have confused her BMR with her intake.
Funny. She mentioned BMR and I'm like (buzzer noise)...error. lol. This might be a fairly accurate candidate.








Generally I'd think a 170lb female with normal activity is going to be around 2k for maintenance, but her being an ivy league dr got me second guessing. I realize many drs don't know sh*t about this or that, but it's really just a percentage kind of thing. They have to cram the entire human body into 10 years. That just isn't gonna happen so most of them will be grossly lacking in all areas other than their specialty. I just needed a little encouragement to "reeducate her" I guess.

Gxp23
03-29-2015, 11:48 PM
My doctor told me to drink cola post work out followed by chocolate milk because science. Dead srs.

Botika
03-29-2015, 11:54 PM
lololol

1200 calories is just depressing. I would lose my mind eating that small amount of food!

shesprints
03-30-2015, 03:28 AM
My maintenance is around 2000-2200 lifting 4x per week, no cardio. I'm 5'5 approx 130lb at the moment. I bulk at 2400+ and cut around 1500-1600. :)

I'm similarly sized with similar maintenance calories. [Higher when doing high volume cardio--up to 2700--but I'm avoiding that nowadays].

I agree with others. She's likely mistracking egregiously, which is common even among medical professionals. Seriously! http://weightology.net/weightologyweekly/?page_id=379

And maybe that's her RMR, not her maintenance, but I doubt it. My RMR is 1450, and measured several times as such and I weigh around 40lb less than her. For someone who weighs 170 to have such a low RMR would make her a significant outlier and imply some sort of medical problem like hypothyroidism. I actually have hypothyroid myself, and my RMR jumped a good 100 cal/day once I treated it with levothyroxine.

tara19
03-30-2015, 04:31 AM
5'5 138lb maintenance is 2100, cut around 15-1700.
Train 3-4x per week, uni student but walk to the train ~3km daily.

phoenix4444
03-30-2015, 05:37 AM
5 foot 127 pounds. Lift 3-4 times a week with an active job. Maintenance is 2100 on an average week.

Would starve on 1200 calories.

DannPM
03-30-2015, 07:51 AM
My wife is similar stats and has a maintenance of 2200 with no exercise at the moment due to work schedule. She’s also a doc so should be similar daily non-exercise expenditure.

Congrats on the modship btw, I didn’t see that before.

ironwill2008
03-30-2015, 08:04 AM
I've been arguing with the fiance lately and I need some assurance that I'm not crazy. She claims her maintenance is 1200 cals @ 170lbs. She is tall and wears it well, but I'm just having a very hard time believing such a low maintenance number. If she wasn't an extremely accomplished doctor I wouldn't be so hesitant.

Is this normal?

Maintenance, 1200 calories @170? No way; that would be barely enough to keep her alive in a coma.



Doctors aren't generally a good source of nutrition advices; only about 1/3 of the medical schools in the US even require a nutrition course for graduation. And based on what I see posted on this site, such courses sometimes contain old, outdated, and incorrect information.






ETA:
The above post isn't intended to be a knock on MDs; the vast majority of them are really good at what they know. I wouldn't ask even the best computer-savvy auto mechanic for investment advices, and I wouldn't ask my financial advisor how to read and interpret trouble codes from my Camaro IYKWIM.

jdrush
03-30-2015, 08:12 AM
My wife is 5'3" 200 (used to be a powerlifter) and she's at around 2300.

davisj3537
03-30-2015, 08:38 AM
Lots of good posts in here. Thanks guys. I'll use it as ammo for the upcoming battle. lol