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Ca I be healthy off of 1500 nutrient dense calories a day?

by (43) Updated January 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM Created January 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

I run for about 20 mins a day or will do some relaxing yoga, but in college I don't eat much, about 1,500 and now that I'm on break I checked and I really am having a tough time eating the full 2000 I'm apperantly supposed to get being 5'7, running, and 123 lbs. I'm naturally skinny and have a fast metabolism even when I are absolute caca in my teen years. 20 now, but I will make 3 green smoothies around 300 calories each a day, have a good protien salad that's probably like 300 calories and drink water and be so fine all something wrong with me? Do I need to eat nat everyday? It's weird that I now have to think and make sure I'm getting what I need, it no longer feels natural... Cause I thought I could just eat when I want like I usually do...but doing that means 1500 calories to me. A green smoothie fills me up for a while! I don't do nut stuff cause it's bad for my skin

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40652 · January 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I have to wonder if you really know how much you're eating. You act as if you know how many calories are in all your foods, but you didn't know how to figure out what's in a chicken leg? Something doesn't add up. If you want to know if your diet is complete and calories are adequate, you need to log your food with some website/app. is a good one, is a paleo-oriented version.

Not sure what you're putting in a "green smoothie" to make it 300 calories. Smoothies often are calorie bombs - 500+ calories each, but again, it's hard to know without details. The nice thing about Cronometer/Paleotrack is that you'll soon learn if you have any gaps in your diet or not.

1500 calories is a low budget and will be tough to cover all micronutrient needs. I mean, you could eat a silly diet of nothing but liver and spinach and you'd cover all your vitamin/mineral needs with a mere 500 calories, but that's not a real diet.

155 · January 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Answer is "no", you can't get by on that low of intake, expect ally with those foods and shakes.. You need your animal products such as above and more. A whole chicken (a leg a day is start), however you'll want to starting adding some variety. Can't beat the slow cooker suggestion, start with and start experimenting with a variety of foods.

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1032 · January 11, 2014 at 2:03 AM

1 roasted chicken leg with skin a day should take care of a good portion of that deficit. Can you get a slow cooker? You could get 5 meals and a lot of calories out of a single slow-cooked chicken. Just need an outlet in the kitchenette and 5 hours on low to let it cook.

5584 · January 11, 2014 at 12:36 AM

so are you eating any animal products? why so many green smoothies??? your colon won't be happy in the long run, that's for sure.

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