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1000 calories a day? Can someone explain?

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I recently bought a workout journal to keep track of my workouts and food intake for the day. The first day, I did a pretty intense workout, and I kept track of all the calories, fat, carbs, and proteins I ate for the entire day. At the end of the day my calorie count was 940, and I thought this was very low, so I decided to keep better track of my food the next time.

For a few days, I've been keeping track of everything I eat. I've been measuring all my serving sizes, doing calculations, and looking at nutritional databases to see how much I've been eating. I measured everything, including cooking oils I use, coffee creamer, etc.

After precisely calculating everything I've eaten for a few days, I've come to find I only eat around 1000 to 1200 calories a day?

I'm 19 years old, male, 130lbs, 5' 11", I'm moderately active, I work out hard every 2-3 days, eat healthy foods. I have very low body fat, and I feel fit and healthy, I take a multivitamin every day.

I'm definitely not eating to lose weight, and I don't feel like I'm starving myself at all. In fact, sometimes I feel like I eat too much because I often feel full or not hungry.

How is it that I'm only consuming 1200 calories a day without any problems and I should be eating about twice that much?

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I am going to be very direct so please don't take offense. you aren't eating enough. you're already underweight. you've said that you should be eating more yourself. 

you ARE starving yourself whether you feel like you are or not. it's really quite dangerous. you're young and need MUCH MUCH more than you're currently eating. I'd say 3000 calories even. 

Being that you're already so thin...why is it that you're on this website? (not in a mean way). I just don't see what your motives were to behin with? was it for information? why are you measuring/counting everything if you're naturally thin? 

Try eating 2-4 oz nuts, adding 2-4 tbsp of oil to your meals (olive oil preferably), peanut butter to your oatmeal or fruits. 

This will add about 800 calories effortlessly. 

Then increase your portion sizes of your carbs and fats as well! 

Thanks for the info. The reason I came to this site was to ask this question, since I know that typically someone of my age and size should be getting about twice the calories, and I wanted to ask about it.

I was measuring and counting simply because I was curious to know how much I was consuming. I hear a lot of people eat 2000 - 3000 calories a day and I was just wondering how much I was eating. When I read 940, I thought "No that can't be right, I'll pay more attention tomorrow."

Even more puzzling was why I felt like I've been doing just fine. I'm not tired, I have plenty of energy, and don't feel sick. I don't feel like I could eat much more than I already do. I don't have the stomach to take in more food (I already eat about 6 times a day of small-ish portions) or I feel bloated and sick. I've also been eating roughly the same for about a year now.

I'll try adding more calorie-dense foods to my diet, especially healthy fats.

Also, I would think that my body would tell me if I needed to eat more. Not that I'm doubting you, but my body usually tells me if I need something.

you're 5'11 and 130 pounds..I don't think what your body is telling you is reliable. 

Okay, thanks. That's all I needed to know.

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