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 06-03-2004, 11:15 AM #1 Senior Member     Join Date: Jan 2001 Location: Oklahoma Posts: 3,354 S/C/G: 344/279.1/??? Height: 5'6" My 3FC Diet Blog Calories question Okay for those of you counting your calories help!!!! According to fitday this is the calorie breakdown for my weight. Total: 3314 * Basal: 2008 61% Lifestyle: 1305 39% Activities: 0 0% So I know that to maintain my current weight I would have to be taking in 3314 right? So what's the basal and lifestyle mean and what would be a good amount of calories to shoot for to still lose weight if I'm going to start counting calories. I started inputting my stuff in and I average between 1300 and 2000. thanks for any help. __________________ Dawnyal Halloween Goal
 06-03-2004, 11:20 AM #2 Long Time Member     Join Date: Oct 2000 Location: USA Posts: 6,125 Height: 5'6 Hi there!! At your weight, I'd say to shoot for 1800 - 2000. You should lose weight on that and not feel deprived. __________________ The Secret is: CONSISTENCY
 06-03-2004, 11:39 AM #3 Beauty, Brawn and Brains!     Join Date: Jul 2002 Location: California Posts: 3,010 S/C/G: 298(O)/268.2(RS)/247.9.0/175.0 Height: 5'9'' Here's a snippet from an article that might help: The body uses calories for several classes of activity. By far the biggest portion of our caloric expenditure goes to keeping us alive. These are the calories that keep us breathing, that grow hair and nails, make new red blood cells, maintain body temperature.... This number of calories is called the BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate, and it accounts for about 2/3 of all the calories we "spend" during the day. When you calculate how many calories you need a day, you usually start with a formula that estimates your BMR and then add more calories depending on how much you exercise and other factors we'll talk about later. So, Basal is how much your body uses to keep you alive. Lifestyle is how much you burn doing what you do everyday (like do you sit at a desk and work or do you work on a construction site). Finally, Activity is your exercise regiment. Hope that helps!
 06-03-2004, 11:48 AM #4 Senior Member     Join Date: Mar 2004 Location: San Diego, Ca Posts: 774 Dawnyal, In March when I started I was getting between 800 and 1200 calories. That is before I started exercise. Once I started walking so much I had to raise that. I felt like I was starving. Now, I take in about 1200 to 1400 calories a day. Sometimes a bit more depending on the amount of exercise I am doing. I looked up my average weight loss per week on Fitday and it says I am averaging 3.11 pounds lost per week since I have started. I don't feel like I am starving on the amount of calories I have chosen. Since you average between 1300 and 2000 why don't you shoot for about right in the middle at 1500 or 1600. Also, as you lose weight the amount of calories it takes to maintain your current weight is going to go down. Keep that in mind also. If you do it right the amount of food you can eat at 1600 calories a day is alot!! You kind of just have to wing it. Once you play around with it for awhile you will figure out just the right amount of calories for yourself. Oh yeah, before I forget, watch out on their nutritional values for some foods on there. They are way off!! I'm not sure how much help I was Dawnyal but maybe you can take a little from everyones post to your questions and get a good idea about what you want to do. __________________ Tammy If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who's now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that's what it's all about after all... ~ Anonymous ~ Highest weight: 261 Starting weight: 248 August 26 Current weight: 193 Current pounds lost: 55 lbs Goal weight: 145 by August 26, 2006 Smoke Free as of July 1, 2004 (Started back smoking)
 06-03-2004, 12:53 PM #6 Junior Member     Join Date: May 2004 Location: Florida Posts: 10 S/C/G: 315/315/200 I had the metabolic testing done and it was way different then what fitday puts as my calculated basil metabloic rate. it came out to be about 2400 cals instead of the 3000 or so fitday says. Butthat was on a day that I had already gone to the gm before i went to see the doc. __________________ Amy Starting a whole new life I am changing careers, sending my daughter off to college and starting my own business. I can use all the support and advice I can get
 06-03-2004, 02:31 PM #7 Born Loser     Join Date: Jul 2003 Location: Newark, OH Posts: 2,528 S/C/G: 490/See Tracker/245 I've seen these sites that tell you this and it seems to me a lot of people would gain weight on 3400 calorie diet. Maybe I'm wrong. I have never got to the point of maintaining. I do 1800 and so far am losing an average of 5 a week but that will go down to about 3 here soon. That is just from past experence. My wife is 5'9 and 265 lbs and is having trouble losing at 1600. My mom is 5'9 and about 240 and has to eat 1000 or less to lose. So I think you really just have to try a couple of levels and see what happens. start out at 1800 and see if you lose. Give it 2 weeks and then go 200 lower and see what happens. I really think this is the best way to do it. Those web sites are nice but they try and lump everyone into one and people are just different. __________________ Goal of 245 Made 12/21/05 Half the man. New Goal to regain the above goal. Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter
 06-03-2004, 10:54 PM #8 Senior Member     Join Date: Aug 1999 Location: Ontario, Canada Posts: 2,589 Height: 5'3" Dawnyal, I believe you are right in that you would have to be eating 3314 calories to support the weight you are at. Basal means the calories you would need to keep your body alive even if you were just laying in bed all day doing nothing. I believe that lifestyle refers to the excess calories you are eating. If there were a # for activity it would reflect how many calories you would need if you had entered a higher activity level. From what I have read in books about weight loss you should be eating between 1200 - 1800 calories a day. It would seem that you are on the right track! __________________
 06-04-2004, 12:40 AM #9 Beauty, Brawn and Brains!     Join Date: Jul 2002 Location: California Posts: 3,010 S/C/G: 298(O)/268.2(RS)/247.9.0/175.0 Height: 5'9'' Howie, a lot of people WOULD gain weight on a 3400 diet and some of us would maintain weight.... of course that weight would be 250-300 pounds but that's still maintainence.

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