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04-26-2019, 08:49 AM   #1
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Caloric Intake: what is reasonable?

Hello everyone. I am newly diagnosed. Had major surgery on March 6th 2019. My gut was a train wreck. Discharged from hospital on March 19th with feeding tube bypassing stomach and duodenum. The tube came out April 2nd and I have been consuming all my calories by mouth since then. Recent bloodwork shows normal liver and kidney function and no Crohnís antibodies. Only deficiency is mild anemia and they are starting me on an iron suplement.

Now for the question. How many calories are too much? Currently I am consuming more than 3,400 calories per day. And this is just following my normal appetite. Sticking with low residue foods except for one meal of cooked veggies each afternoon. Small meals every 1-2 hours. Weight gain is about six lbs between April 2nd and April 24.

Should I be concerned about consuming too much? I can probably eat 4,000+ calories but I donít want to overdo it. Bowel movements are normal. (Yes, I am very blessed in my recovery. I have a lot of people praying for me.)
04-26-2019, 10:29 AM   #2
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Unless you are way underweight from your disease and trying to catch up, 3400 calories/days seems like a lot to me. A man of normal weight and build needs about 2500-2800 calorie/day. A women needs about 2000.

If you are already of normal weight you will eventually get overweight from consuming 3400-4000 calories/day unless your disease has caused you to have food absorption problems such that a lot the calories don't really get into your system.
04-26-2019, 11:48 AM   #3
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Sorry, I should have explained that part too. When I left the hospital I was 112 lbs. I am 5' 7" so this is well below the minimum BMI. Prior to surgery I could only consume 800 calories per day and I wasted away while waiting for surgery. I became severely malnourished and on the day of surgery I only weighed 105.

So yes, my current high calorie consumption is intended to correct the malnutrition and rebuild my body. Current weight is 121 and my goal is 155.
04-26-2019, 03:42 PM   #4
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Hi, I would only worry about calorie consumption once you reach your desired weight. At that point, normal caloric intake for an adult male is 2200 to 2800 calories - depending on your weight and age, etc.
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