Anyone else find it interesting when people who don’t track calories/have awareness of calories think “omg I could never eat THAT many calories!” or “is x a lot of calories?”

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I posted a gym selfie on instagram where I made a few comments about how I'm happy I've been under maintenance and averaging 2200 (above my 2000 calorie goal – I'm at the gym minimum 8hrs a week lifting weights with a bit of cardio thrown in, maybe half an hour to 45 minutes a week and have a bit of muscle mass built up from previous regain stints from binge eating while lifting heavy, so I maintain on 2900) and an IRL friend of mind who is about 300lbs atm and doing WW said "I could never eat that much"

But estimating her TDEE using BWP NIDDK (which IME is one of the most accurate TDEE calculator I've found), knowing she works in retail and walks about 10k+ steps a day as per her constant fitbit FB posts, she might currently maintain on at least 3350 calories. She's been losing about 2-3lbs a week on average, meaning that if her TDEE truly is about 3350 she's probably currently eating around 2000 calories on average if not a bit more. And some time last year my mother and I were talking about calories and she was saying she had previously thought of going on a 1500 calorie diet, asking if that was a lot (she'd likely be about 250+ lbs atm).

I just find it interesting how people think that if it's like.. over 1500 calories that it's a lot of calories, without taking into consideration any contextual information such as their own stats and activity levels. Just a blanket "anything over x is a lot" sentiment from a lot of people. I don't know if it's the 2000k nutritional info thing or the propensity to advocate for fast weight loss, but it's just so interesting how people have no awareness of their body's needs and IME vastly underestimate how much they are currently eating and in some cases how many calories their bodies need in order to function well, whether in weight loss or maintenance, until they actively start accurately tracking calories. I feel like this is a subject that should be taught in nutrition based courses in schools, not for weight loss specifically but to help people understand proper nutritional intake needs with respect to food variety and properly feeding one's body the appropriate amount of calories to maintain a healthy weight and choose reasonable serving sizes.

ETA I feel like if counting calories wasn't given such a "bad" rap that people would be far more educated on their own needs because we'd be advocating for awareness and taking control, rather than advocating for giving exercise and food the control over how much we weigh. I used to be one of these people i'm referring to as well and I wish I had become who I am now re: knowledge so much earlier.

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