So, you are looking to find out “how many calories should I eat to lose weight?” The answer you are about to receive to this question is likely going to shock you, and make you a bit angry, so be sure you are sitting down, OK?
It’s not a matter of how many calories you should eat to lose weight, but rather what kind of calories you are eating, and how many calories you are burning off at the same time via any exercise at all. In fact, the actual amount of exercise doesn’t really matter if you follow what is written below.
Basically, calories from carbohydrates are going to make you fat, no matter how many or how few of them you eat. This means that you should avoid all grains and sugary fruits, and eat only protein, fats and raw vegetables, since cooking your veggies breaks down the fiber that actually blocks the carbohydrates in their raw forms, and now allows the carbohydrates in them to be bio-available and adding to your waistline.
In fact, for your own good, throw out the USDA food pyramid, and trash all the US government recommendations (RDA) on what you should eat and how much because both of them are dead wrong and politically and economically contrived. Both are designed to make you fat, and to keep you that way so that the agriculture economy does not collapse; the food industry can continue to make huge profits by selling you low-nutrient, high sodium junk food masquerading as healthy and engineered to be addictive; the medical profession can continue to have you making appointments for on-going and various obesity-related chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease; and the pharmaceutical companies can make their usual billions of dollars off of the weight loss pills and vitamin supplements that everyone is eager to buy, that either don’t work, or whose side-effects send them back to the doctors. See the cycle?
Think that’s a bit harsh? Think again.
What were humans designed to eat when we were first placed on this planet by the MANufacturer? What is our original factory-specified diet? You know, the one that was tested and works best with our internal machinery as designed by the MANufacture? Basically, it’s anything we can hunt for, fish for, gather up or pluck off. This does NOT mean hunting for which supermarket aisle the food is on, fishing for the item in the back on the top of the rack, plucking it off the shelf, and gathering more of it in our carts.
Nope, this means hunting meat and fishing for seafood, gathering nuts and seeds, and plucking fruits and veggies in our diets. It does NOT include anything that is cooked, because fire wasn’t know to man when we first arrived, though cooking meat is always a good idea in these days of salmonella, trichinosis, and listeria bacteria, and does break the original nutrients down somewhat. Grass-fed is much healthier than grain-fed with GMO grains, anyway. It also does not include any grains at all, because grains need to be processed before eating, and the major ones in our diet, wheat, corn and soy, are all genetically modified. You can’t just walk into a wheat field and start eating raw wheat, or oats, or rice. For one thing, it will take you forever to get much to eat at all that way.
And it definitely does not include any food that is processed, comes in a box or a can, or through a fast food window. Nor does it include anything that has been genetically modified to kill insect pests, such as making the world’s bee population ill…an insect that is relied upon to pollinate nearly 80% of all the foods we eat. “When the bees go, we go” said Albert Einstein.
So, how many calories should you eat to lose weight?
Calories themselves are actually irrelevant when it comes to weight loss. The question you should be asking is “what foods should I eat to lose weight?”
The answer to that question is proteins and fats, fiber and zero carbohydrates, or at least very few, and only those in low-sugar fruits such as apples, blueberries and strawberries.
In all the studies of the bones of our ancient ancestors, Cro-Magnums, Neanderthals, etc, not one was ever found to have died of a nutrition-related illness. No cancer, no obesity, no arthritis, no osteoporosis. They mostly died from accidents or being part of another creature’s diet. Nutrition issues did start showing up until after agriculture and wheat were developed. And as far back as the 1800’s, weight loss “experts” advocated no carbohydrate, protein-only diets, with dramatic results!
The word “essential” in the nutrient world means that our bodies can’t make these nutrients on its own, and must get them from the food we eat. Go to your favorite search engine and type in “Essential Proteins” using the quotation marks. Both meats and plants contain amino acids that are the building blocks of the proteins that are needed by our bodies. These proteins are necessary, among many other things, for creating the glucose that fuels our muscles, and for helping to keep our insulin and blood sugar levels on a low and even keel. Carbohydrates give blood sugar sudden spikes that cause insulin to be released in a desperate attempt to clear it out of the bloodstream as quickly as possible, and forces what our sedentary muscles are not using into the fat cells. And it won’t let the fat back OUT of the fat cells, so good luck losing weight if you are eating carbohydrate calories.
Now type in “Essential Fats” in the search engine box, again using the quotation marks and note that SATURATED FAT is an essential fat, and it is a major one that our government is trying to convince us is bad, because avoiding it will make our brains function less, and dumb us down more, so that we become incapable of critical thinking. The same is true of cholesterol, which is an essential and necessary component of every hormone and enzyme in our bodies, as well as 25% of our brain’s functioning. Note also that 50% of those with heart disease have high cholesterol, and the other 50% have normal cholesterol levels, which says that contrary to all the ads that say you need to take statin drugs to control your cholesterol, to the tune of billions of dollars for the pharmaceutical industry, it doesn’t make a bit of difference! So, eat your eggs and your chicken skin with real, natural butter!
Now search for “Essential Carbohydrates” using the quotation marks. Find anything? Nope. Just a few articles from misguided souls who believe everything they read on the internet without thinking through the biology of the body. There is no such thing as an “essential” carbohydrate. We can live just fine on a totally carbohydrate free diet, because we get our glucose from the proteins we eat. We don’t even need sugar (which is a processed ingredient). Yet the food pyramid and all the US recommendations say we “need” a lot of servings of high carbohydrate foods that total 200 grams or more of unnecessary food that is absolutely useless to our bodies.
OK, so now that we have all that out of the way, and you already mad at what you have just read, here is the answer to your original question.
Simply eat enough food to satisfy your protein and fat requirements, with a bit of fiber thrown and you will lose weight automatically. Reasonable portions will fill you up with the proper number of calories your own body needs (which should always be more than 1500 per day), and you won’t be craving sweets and “bad” foods that you should not be eating. In fact, you will find that you will have to force yourself to eat your next meal because you just won’t be hungry. Make sure to eat 5-6 small meals with protein in every one, even if it is just a single egg and a tiny apple, and watch yourself melt magically.
References: Jonny Bowden “Unleash your Thin”; the Atkins Diet; the Paleo (Caveman Diet); and any nutrition text book published before 1970 when the “new” weight loss guidelines were established that DO NOT WORK when the previous low-carb/no-carb system did for centuries.