Simple question, but I don't find it answered here before. Assuming we want or need to keep track, how do we calculate our caloric need? Use one of the online calculators? Ballpark it? Ideas?
I have never found an online calculator that was accurate for me.
I just picked a starting point based on conventional wisdom (this was Pre-Paleo) and changed it based on how much weight I was long.
I suggest tracking your food for a week, then if you are happy where you are at it gives you a baseline average of where to stay. If you want to gain weight trend it upward, if you want to lose weight trend it downward.
I have found over the years that managing my ratios of fat/protein/carbs made as much of difference as counting the calories.