LA Weight Loss - How many calories do I really need?

11-12-2007, 03:09 PM
Lynn's post about losing the last ten pounds reminded me of something that I tore out of a fitness magazine last week...

"How many calories do I really need?"

Step 1: Do a little math

weight height (inches) age total

Step 2: Multiply your total (above) by the appropriate percentage (below)

If you're... Multiply the above total by...
Sedentary 20%
Lightly Active 30%
Moderately Active 40%
Very active 50%

Step 3: Find your calorie goal
Total #1 + Total #2 = daily calorie total

To lose weight, subtract 250 calories per day to shed one-half pound per week; subtract 500 calories to drop one pound per week.

Mama Nicole
11-12-2007, 05:11 PM
wow......this means I should really be taking in just over 2000 calories for a 1 1/2 lb per week loss. Ok, now I really am going to keep my fitday up to see how the new plan sits with this info. Thanks for sharing this Tina and Lynn :)

Mama Nicole
11-12-2007, 05:13 PM
ok. can't add would be 1841 for me to lose 1 1/2 lbs per week. :lol:

11-12-2007, 08:33 PM
ok. can't add would be 1841 for me to lose 1 1/2 lbs per week. :lol:

I recall this being a recurring problem for you, girl!!!!!:D

Oh, who am I kidding - yesterday I almost left $40 too much tip at lunch (NYC prices, plus one too many cocktails)

Mama Nicole
11-12-2007, 09:09 PM
You know, the funny thing is, Kim.....I really do love math. I am a total geek.......but I am SOOOOOOOOO out of practice that it is ridiculous. Oh, that and the constant interruptions.........(are you liking all of my excuses????). :lol:

11-12-2007, 09:44 PM
that would mean 1796 calories to lose the pound and a half a week for me.

11-12-2007, 11:21 PM
good info tina.
i figured that i should be on an intake of about 1698 to lose a pound a week. that's right around where i'm at for my plan #3 right now, i think...when i put a daily menu of mine into fitday.

good stuff to keep in mind.

11-13-2007, 02:15 AM
Great info. It took me three tries to get my math right!! lol-I kept forgetting to write the total from #1 down. I multiplied by 25% bc I'm active-but not consistent. This is really helpful. Looks like LAWL was right on-being on RED w/lites I'm right in the calorie range to lose 2lbs per week...if only I would get in that range everyday!

Nicole- I am officially addicted to fitday! I'm amazed at what cutting my carbs to high fiber/low calorie options can do for my count each day! I'm ready for it to show on the scale...

11-13-2007, 09:30 AM
Mine is about 1300 per day to drop the pound per week.

WOW AmyLou Nice pic. You look awesome. Looks like that trial did wonders for you Lawyer-Girl.

Mama Nicole
11-13-2007, 12:18 PM
Hey are you doing? Are you with your babies now? fitday getting easier for you now that you have some stuff saved? I really like to see how the simple changes are so much healthier by seeing some of the reports that tell you what nutrients you are getting and/or lacking. Isn't it difficult to try to get everything in nutritionally. I guess that's why we have dieticians, huh?

11-13-2007, 12:29 PM
OK, according to this I need to have 1639.6 calories to lose 1lb/week or 1389.6 calories to lose 1.5 lbs/week. Does that sound right?

Shy Moment
11-13-2007, 01:52 PM
That is amazing. I am losing one lb a week and I am eating just about what the formula says I should be eating to lose that 1 lb a week. I find that great and I didn't even know the formula lol. There is no way I should be losing more than that 1lb a week. To lose 2lbs a week I would have to go down to less than 700 calories a day ( 681 ) and that would not be good. No wonder this is all I am losing lol. I have basically lost 1lb a week for the last 26 weeks. 1.28lbs to be exact. No wonder I can't lose anymore than what I am losing lol.

( 166x4.5 ) + ( 59x15.88 ) - ( 46x5 ) - 161
747 + 936.92 - 230 - 161
1292.92 x .30 = 387.876
1292.92 + 387.876 = 1680.796
1680.796 - 500 = 1180.796 or 1181
1181 calories a day to lose 1lb per week.

I am averageing 1205 acording to fit day and have lost an average of 1.28 lbs per week for the last 26 weeks. Pretty darn close to the formula

Mama Nicole
11-14-2007, 01:04 PM
wow.........I totally can't do math anymore......I refigured today, and at 20% active, I would need 2100 cals to lose 1.5 per week.......and at 30% active, I would need 2300 cals. That's a lot of calories, isn't it? I am going to track this on my fitday today and for at least a few days to see how the feel full plan adds up :)

11-14-2007, 01:24 PM
Nicole, that doesn't seem right.

it should be (guessing on the weight and age)
(188 x 4.5) + (67 x 15.88) - (36 x 5) - 161 = 1569

20% of 1569 = 314
30% of 1569 = 470

So that would be 1569 + 314 = 1888 (to maintain)
and to lose a pound and a half per week = 1133
or with 30% it would be 2039 to maintain and 1289 to lose a pound and a half.

11-14-2007, 01:27 PM
Well if I want to lose 5 lbs a week I can only have 248 calories a day. Guess I better set my sites a little lower on the weight loss per week! <shrug>

11-14-2007, 02:21 PM
LOL Shannon you crack me up! Welcome back!!!

Mama Nicole
11-14-2007, 04:07 PM
Ok, you are probably right, but my avatar stats are old (how very sad that I gained)…and I am 37 now…… let see……..


20% of 1958=392
30% of 1958=587

And, if I understand correctly (after re-reading Tina’s original post…..again), to lose one half pound per week, we subtract 250 per day……or if you want to lose 1 lb per week, we subtract 500 calories per day. I don’t know where I got 1 ˝ pounds from. I guess I should slow down when I am reading.

So, to lose ˝ lb per week at 30% (which I think I fall into), I would need to take in 1958+578-250=2295

At 20%:

And to lose 1 lb per week at 30%, I would need to take in
1958+578-500=2036 for 1 ˝ lbs 2036-250=1786

At 20%:
1958+392-500=1850 for 1 ˝ lbs 1850-250=1600

Does that seem better? So, maybe when I am looking at my fitday calculations, I should probably shoot for anywhere between 1600 and 1750 calories?

Kim and Barbara……….my math checkers……is that correct? :lol:

11-14-2007, 05:01 PM
BTW love your site Nicole, cute stuff.

Thanks Kim!

11-14-2007, 05:03 PM
well, actually, no... I got 1636 for the first number when I did the math, the rest the math looks OK.

I like your calculations better though;)

Except for you might not lose any weight that way.

So I get 1963 for 20%
2126 for 30%
and to lose a pound it would be between 1463 and 1626
a pound and a half 1213 and and 1376

Which seems about right to me...
The age penalty really bites.... sorry... it doesn't seem so bad when you are young like you, but by 46, that is getting to be a penalty

Mama Nicole
11-14-2007, 08:55 PM
DAMN!!! So, did you edit your comment cuz you added wrong? :lol:

11-14-2007, 09:08 PM
No, not that I don't add wrong on occasion (although I'm an engineer so have a calculator handy). I just somehow spaced and submitted the thing mid thought. My DH calls me the absent minded professor... Not that I teach college anymore, but I did for a time.. actually taught statistics once...

Anyway, sorry to be the math geek! I still can't figure out how you got the higher numbers.... I guess I better keep up the exercise... I'm sure that with all the house work that you do, you rate at least 30%, just hauling all that laundry around should count for something!

Mama Nicole
11-14-2007, 09:12 PM
BTW love your site Nicole, cute stuff.

Hey, thanks Shannon :)

Shy Moment
11-14-2007, 09:47 PM
Can you really count housework lol. My gosh I have the cleanest house this side of the Mississippi my family tells me lol. Ok so no self respecting piece of dirt would come into my house. Dirt jumps off peoples feet as the walk it my house and screams as it runs out the door. Or so my uncle says lol. I only use the 30% because I average 52 min of exercise ( walking videos ) a day, that doesn't include the upper body stuff I have started to do and just do what I call general things around the house. I have had to cut out one of the two walking videos for a week because of my knee so I am picking up more upper body workouts. This is great fun.

11-15-2007, 06:04 AM
Shy, for someone your size heavy house cleaning burns about 300 calories an hour. So if you are doing a lot of house work, you might be burning more calories than you think. If you are walking an hour a day and cleaning an hour a day, you are at least moderately active.

Mama Nicole
11-15-2007, 11:36 AM
Oh,this is good news, Barbara. Some yesterday......I know I am quite active, as I mudded drywall on the ceiling for 2 hours, did 6 loads of laundry (stairs), put paste wax on my kitchen table and chairs (I always forget how much work buffing it out is......), raked the front yard, and then o;f course general cleaning, or what I like to call pig sty control. Of course, everyday is not like yesterday.......but I spend at least one hour each day doing heavy housecleaing :) Thank you, Barbara :)

11-15-2007, 06:08 PM
Nicole, That makes me tired just reading it. Of course that is not being sedentary when you are up and moving like that! It is why so many women gain weight when they go back to work, as they didn't realize how much they moved around carting the laundry, cleaning the house, and physically lifting kids around , as I'm sure your youngest couple still like to be carried or otherwise lifted up here and there. Whereas I work sitting here typing and occasionally mouse clicking, and have a service come and clean my house. I might burn a calorie or two and form a few wrinkles glaring at the screen when what I programmed is not showing up correctly (I recently started coding web screens so it frequently didn't do what I thought it should). I think I need botox from frequent glaring.