# Is 3400 calories a day unreasonable for me?

Was reading one of the answers to this question that based on the calculation suggests I intake 3400 calories a day.

I have a scale at home that measures body fat and also calculate about the same number of calories.

Last year when I was counting my caloric intake, the number of calories I needed to maintain my weight was averaging 1800 calories. So I can't see how I can maintain my current body weight, or even gain only muscle at 3400 calories a day.

Could someone explain this to me?

Well here are my stats:

• Weight: 201 lbs
• Height: 5'10"
• Gender: Male
• Age: 41
• Activity: 4 hours of salsa dancing a week, 3 hours of weight lifting, 5 hours of private dance lessons.
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We can explain it to you better if you'll list your height, weight, age, and activities. It's possible you messed up on your math, or that your previous calculation was wrong. However, we'll need more information to help you specifically with this. – Nathan Wheeler Mar 21 '11 at 19:16
Agree with @md5sum that we need some more info for specific recommendations, but one thing to consider (and I mean this objectively): are you SURE that you were counting calories correctly? It's very easy to underestimate what you actually eat. What you added up as 1800 calorie may very well have been much more... 1,800 calories to maintain would suggest that you are considerably smaller than the "average" man (I'm inferring your gender from your profile) - is this true? – Greg Mar 21 '11 at 20:18
We need: height, weight, gender, age, activities, goals. – Yevgeniy Brikman Mar 21 '11 at 20:28
@Greg: Isn't the daily average caloric intake for a man 2000 calories. I'm not far off. I had brought it down to 1400 calories a day in order to lose 2 lbs a week. – Salsero69 Mar 21 '11 at 21:50
@Meritt I agree with the obese remark (sounds right to me). I was just pointing out that if you're carrying more weight around any physical exertion will burn more energy compared to somebody who is at their 'normal' healthy weight. – Evan Plaice May 23 '11 at 16:26