Calorie Counters - What did you use to figure your Cals/day?




Nagazim
06-05-2013, 12:26 AM
I'm really confused. Since I'm a little anal, I decided to download two calorie counting apps to see which I liked the best. (lose it and fitnesspal)
They give me two completely different amounts. So, of course, I ran to Dr. Google and clicked the top page and it says a much lower amount. What in the world?


Nagazim
06-05-2013, 12:34 AM
Read the sticky. So maybe it's not so far off. I'll see how lose it treats me. It's wasn't the highest amount allowed, so I feel good about that.

Remington90
06-05-2013, 12:36 AM
I personally use LoseIt! and love it. I haven't tried anything else (except caloriecounters in the beginning). I've had success with LoseIt! and would recommend it to anyone.

Good luck!


freelancemomma
06-05-2013, 07:14 AM
I'm a bit of a techno-Neanderthal and have never used an app in my life. When counting calories I just ballpark every meal in my head.

F.

dstalksalot
06-05-2013, 07:24 AM
Another lose it ap user here.

charliee
06-05-2013, 09:50 AM
How many calories were suggested to you? How much exercise do you plan to do? How many pounds would you like to lose a week?


My suggestion is that you start a little on the higher end, to give yourself some wiggle room when you get closer to goal. Good luck!

Michelle2008
06-05-2013, 07:13 PM
I love my fitness pal - I just scan the barcodes!! Easy peasy

Nagazim
06-06-2013, 02:47 PM
Lose it give me 1877 cals/day. I haven't hit that number yet but I get anywhere from 1600-1800/day.


We usually get into our swimming pool for several hours a day. Before I get out, I do laps back and forth from shallow to deep around 20 times. So I think I'm getting pretty good exercise (at least my breathing tells me I am). I'm just not quite sure how I'll track it.

elvislover324
06-06-2013, 02:54 PM
For women, the easy method of calculating calories is taking your goal weight and multiply it by 10. For maintenance calories, take your current weight and multiply by 10. (This assumes little to no exercise so you might need to eat a bit more if you feel hungry.)

I know it sounds really simple but it is. :)

Nagazim
06-06-2013, 02:58 PM
^^ that's genius!

elvislover324
06-06-2013, 03:03 PM
That's how my nutritionist showed me to do it.

So yours would be 2650 if you didn't want to gain or lose.

To get to 170, your calories a day would be 1700. The difference between your maintenance calories and your goal weight calories is 950. So if you have a deficit of 950 every day (950 x 7 days a week = 6650), you'd lose just under 2lbs a week. (There are 3500 calories in a pound.) With the exercise you do every day, I'm sure you'd be over 7000 in a deficit which would be 2lbs.

The numbers aren't exact and a woman's body fluctuates with hormones, TOM, etc. but it's pretty accurate. Be sure to drink at least 64oz of water and try to keep your sodium down (not eating a lot of processed or takeout food, etc.).

I hope that makes sense. :)

Nagazim
06-06-2013, 10:36 PM
That's how my nutritionist showed me to do it.

So yours would be 2650 if you didn't want to gain or lose.

To get to 170, your calories a day would be 1700. The difference between your maintenance calories and your goal weight calories is 950. So if you have a deficit of 950 every day (950 x 7 days a week = 6650), you'd lose just under 2lbs a week. (There are 3500 calories in a pound.) With the exercise you do every day, I'm sure you'd be over 7000 in a deficit which would be 2lbs.

The numbers aren't exact and a woman's body fluctuates with hormones, TOM, etc. but it's pretty accurate. Be sure to drink at least 64oz of water and try to keep your sodium down (not eating a lot of processed or takeout food, etc.).

I hope that makes sense. :)


Thanks for figuring all of that up! It's amazing that it's that simple. Consider my mind blown. :cp:

laciemn
06-07-2013, 03:25 PM
I do like the x 10 thing. I got high readings with My Fitness Pal. Using this formula, :
21.6 * Fat Free Mass + 370

Where Fat Free Mass = Weight - (Body Fat Percentage * Weight).

The numbers are much different.

shutterbugmama84
06-08-2013, 08:44 AM
I haven't heard the multiply by 10 thing before. That works out to what I'm consuming now. I used Spark People. I liked that it gave me a range instead of one number. And I love being able to scan barcodes. Makes it super easy!

sh0rtydeee
06-08-2013, 11:38 AM
I use the MYPLATE from livestrong! It is pretty cool. It gives you diagrams and all that stuff. Im trying to lose weight and I put I want to lose 2 lbs a week and that I had a sedentary job. And it told me i could eat 1224 calories. And so far its worked lost 3 lbs already in a week. of course I include exercise .

Alyssa Autopsy
06-09-2013, 01:56 AM
i use Dr. Oz :D he says to take your weight x 12, then subtract 500 from that. gives me 2160, so i can have around 1600 a day. tho im kinda having trouble losing so i lowered it to 1500.

Lizzyg
06-09-2013, 01:27 PM
I use Nutrimirror. I don't think they have an app (I don't know because I don't have a smart phone! ;) ) but I like their website and like the message they have with their site. I forget the rules here, so I'm not sure if I can post a link but if you do a search, it'll come up. I like it because it will tell you if you are setting unreasonable goals and also lets you know right on the homepage where you stand with everything - sodium, fat, sat fat, calories, calcium, cholesterol, fiber, etc.

Alyssa Autopsy
06-09-2013, 03:35 PM
I use Nutrimirror. I don't think they have an app (I don't know because I don't have a smart phone! ;) ) but I like their website and like the message they have with their site. I forget the rules here, so I'm not sure if I can post a link but if you do a search, it'll come up. I like it because it will tell you if you are setting unreasonable goals and also lets you know right on the homepage where you stand with everything - sodium, fat, sat fat, calories, calcium, cholesterol, fiber, etc.

is there a way to see what it suggests for me without actually signing up? i wanna check out the site before deciding whether or not to join, as i'm on multiple sites already.

Lizzyg
06-09-2013, 05:03 PM
Probably not, since you have to put in information - like your weight, height, activitey level, etc.

Here is my profile summary. I should note that this site does not want you to lose more than 1 lb a week and lets you know that you should set a more realisitic goal and I currently have mine set at 1.5 lbs


My Stats

current weight

224.4 pounds


body mass index (BMI)


35.2


My BMI indicates that I am obese compared to healthy averages for a person of my height.

resting metabolic rate (RMR)*


1798 calories


Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is the amount of calories a person would burn if they were to remain at rest for an entire 24-hour day. My RMR has been estimated for someone of my age, height, weight, and gender according to the Harris-Benedict formula. If I need to manually adjust my RMR, I can do so on the RMR page.

Pregnant


No

The settings for pregnancy/lactation affect the nutrient requirements for certain vitamins and minerals according to standard Dietary Reference Intake tables (see iron or vitamin A, for example) but do not affect the calorie numbers shown on the site. Calorie needs during times of pregnancy/lactation should be discussed with a doctor.




Lifestyle

occupation activity


1.3 MET,
36 hours/week

Example: mostly seated


sleep

8 hours/day

estimated total daily metabolic rate


2128 calories


This is the estimated number of calories I will burn each day. NutriMirror® determines this number by adjusting my RMR to account for my normal lifestyle activities.

weight goal


219 pounds

weight goal date


July 3, 2013


rate of change


-1.5 pounds/week

Weight loss of more than 1 pound per week can be difficult to maintain long-term, and brings potential health risks. I can adjust my weight goal by clicking here.

daily calorie intake to meet weight goal

1372 (I'm always higher than this anyway because I know it's too low for me!!)

This is the estimated number of calories I should consume each day in order to meet my weight goal. NutriMirror® calculates this number by adjusting my estimated total daily metabolic rate (shown above) by the number of calories needed to equal my daily rate of weight change.

Exercise Goal

3206 calories/week

4 hours 30 minutes, moderate pace

estimated total daily metabolic rate*

2547 calories *If exercise goal is met.

daily calorie intake to meet weight goal*

1791 calories *If exercise goal is met.


I don't know if that will help you or not!

Mama Whitty
06-20-2013, 04:04 PM
I use My Fitness Pal app. I love it. The scanning part is the best feature in my opinion.

pnkrckpixikat
06-20-2013, 06:26 PM
I have and used to use myfitnesspal regularly, but I often eat the same things in the same amounts fairly often, or eat packaged things with calorie counts on them, so alot of the time I just keep a running count in my head

Mia Zoe
06-20-2013, 07:48 PM
I use MyFitnessPal but I'm not obsessed with numbers. Sometimes I just make rough estimations to calculate the calories I'm eating.

JetSet1982
06-29-2013, 02:12 PM
I used the Noom Weight Loss app for Android. My goal weight is 143 and my calorie budget is 1690.

soon2beskinnyCarma
06-29-2013, 08:07 PM
For women, the easy method of calculating calories is taking your goal weight and multiply it by 10. For maintenance calories, take your current weight and multiply by 10. (This assumes little to no exercise so you might need to eat a bit more if you feel hungry.)

I know it sounds really simple but it is. :)

Really good estimation. I don't use this but think it works out pretty accurately when I exercise. My goal is 140 but my fitness pal figures it out to be 1760 right now. I usually burn 300-400 calories in exercise a day though so that estimates it about right.

sontaikle
06-30-2013, 11:18 PM
Trial and error for me because the calculators could never give me a good figure. Also, I don't really weigh or measure my food, I estimate and it seems to work for me :)

Right now I'm eating 1400-1600 to lose and I seem to be losing fairly steady (that should be a 500ish calorie deficit a day, maybe more). 2000+ish is my maintenance. I went over that and thus gained (I was kind of trying to, because of my lifting).

Calculators put me at less than 2000 to maintain, but I've eaten over 2000 at 112 and maintained...:?:

All I have to say is yay weight training!

badassey
07-02-2013, 05:10 PM
I used MyFitnessPal to log my calorie intake (and I love it!)

But as far as figuring out your daily calorie intake, you need to use a calculator to figure out your BMR (basal metabolic rate) - and add your activity level to that. MyFitnessPal does do this for you but for some reason, it never has given me accurate results.

I have used WebMD's metabolism calculator (found here (http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-metabolism-calculator)) in the past. Also, I have a BodyMedia Fit so I know pretty much exactly what I am burning every day from what my armband says. The WebMD calculator says I burn almost exactly what my armband says every day (an average day, at least - sometimes I burn more, but never less than what the WebMD calculator says).

So after you figure out your daily calorie burn, you need to figure out how much you should eat every day to lose weight. Let's say, for example, the calculator says you burn 2500 calories every day. Let's consider that it takes a 3500 calorie deficit to lose one pound. So, to lose one pound per week, you need to have a 3500 calorie deficit throughout the week. To lose two pounds, you'd need 7000 calorie deficit. If you burn 2500 calories on the average day, you'd need to intake 1500 calories to lose (roughly) 2 pounds per week.

(2500 daily calorie burn - 1500 daily calorie intake = 1000 daily calorie deficit)
(1000 calorie deficit * 7 days in a week = 7000) 7000 calorie deficit.
(7000 deficit / 3500 calories that it takes to lose a pound = 2)
This equation would mean you'd lose roughly 2 pounds per week.

I would recommend using the calculator to find your metabolic rate and then go from there to see how much you need to intake to lose x-amount of weight per week. I hope that helps! :)

Miggy
07-02-2013, 05:29 PM
Lose it! app works for me too.
Good thing I have my phone with me at all times. ^^
I might try the multiplication trick though.

scood
07-27-2013, 11:26 PM
To find the calorie in an item you divide the kilojules by 4.184, to simplify that just divide it by 4

You can download a converter, but is easy to follow if you divide by 4

Scood

Suzanne 3FC
07-29-2013, 09:58 PM
I've never found an app or calculator that could give an accurate range for my body. I guarantee I'd gain weight if I followed their guidelines for weight loss.

Trial and error worked for me :)