With that said though, if you’re feeling completely clueless on how much you should be eating [which many, many people are and that’s OKAY] then talk to a credible health professional you trust about your own unique needs- as you adjust to eating enough, some gentle calorie estimation can be helpful to ensure you’re eating enough when your hunger cues aren’t quite reliable. Intuitive eating isn’t always appropriate
The body is not a machine where we plug in a certain number and are guaranteed a certain outcome. There’s so many factors besides calories- body composition, hormones, sleep, stress, exercise, illness, and so much more. So not only are online calorie calculators extremely misleading, adhering to an arbitrary calorie number can be extremely detrimental to your long term health- especially if that number is below your body’s estimated calorie needs. Calorie restriction day in and day out leads to a whirlwind of health problems. If healthy weight loss is your goal (which is a goal to explore more and the motivations behind that goal) restricting calories every day isn’t going to lead to sustainable weight loss, research shows that 95% of diets fail and calorie restriction is a diet. In fact, yo yo dieting can lead to higher genetic set points over time.