Calorie Counters - Your magic number

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11-01-2013, 07:33 PM
What app, site, calculator, or research helped you decide your daily allowance

11-01-2013, 11:03 PM
You doing a great job. :)

11-02-2013, 10:14 AM
My fitness pal! I love it. Even though I feel a little obsessive about it.

11-04-2013, 10:00 AM
I love myfitnesspal too but I find too often puts everyone at 1200 a day

11-04-2013, 10:02 AM
I use myfitnesspal as well, but really as a guide. If stay within 200 range of my allotted calories then I feel it is a win.

11-04-2013, 10:06 AM
Learning my BMR and RMR helped more than anything else I came across. MFP helped, but once I learned my BMR and stuck to the numbers that provided me (minus the 500-1000 to lose weight), weight came off mcuh easier.

11-04-2013, 11:15 AM
My fitness pal.

Although it tells me to eat 1210 calories a day..... then complains that I am not eating enough LOL.

I find if I stay between 1200 - 1500 I lose just fine. I'm also finding eating just 1200 calories a day is not hard. At first it was difficult, but now I've gotten kinda used to it.

11-18-2013, 12:04 PM
I like My Fitness Pal for the ease of entering foods..It also told me to eat 1200 calories, but I felt for the safety of everyone around me, I should eat more :) I figured out my BMR and RMR and changed my calorie limits on MFP accordingly..When I actually use it, it works beautifully!!

11-18-2013, 06:19 PM
but I felt for the safety of everyone around me, I should eat more :) ..When I actually use it, it works beautifully!!

Lol, that cracked me up!

11-19-2013, 07:53 PM
My BMR is 1350 so if I subtract 500....
I'm eating 1350 now, constantly hungry and NOT losing

11-20-2013, 05:09 PM
Wanna b thats probably too low...try 1500 and eat more protein and fat than carbs...might help.

OP for me it was trial and error. If I eat much over 1500 cause of pcos I dont loose. I have mfp set to 1850 though cause thats what it says for my weight...also it allows for the occasional high days which is usually fridays.

11-26-2013, 12:08 AM
I also use MFP.
I'm on 1260 but I'm ok with going over a little, only with exercise or if I feel low on energy though.
Now that I'm used to eating 1200, I find it hard to fill in the last couple of hundred calories some days, especially now that it's added the extra 60.
Those first few days I was a beast! Thank goodness my kids were in school and my husband was traveling.

11-26-2013, 01:18 AM
I use FitDayPC. I have had it for years and years.

I never get tired of it; It works soooo well for me. When I use it diligently every day it has never failed to help me lose weight.

11-28-2013, 09:04 AM
Lose it. Similar to MFP.....I adjusted my cal to maintain my weight loss. I stay around 1550 average a day but cycle from 1400-1700. I find if I go below 1400, I'm not happy.

11-28-2013, 10:01 AM
I like to see the calorie calculator zigzag results from freedieting.

I track calories on MFP which syncs with my fitbit. I am a calorie counting/burning nerd.

11-28-2013, 10:12 AM
I love my fitness pal! It makes calorie counting easy :)

11-29-2013, 05:15 PM
I use mfp religiously theo only thing is it says 1200 and I'm going insaine with only 1350

12-09-2013, 01:38 PM
I've always done 1200, boring but it works. If I eat the right mix of foods I'm not hungry, and if I mess up, I'm still usually way under on calories for maintenance. Unfortunately, it means I can't cut more when I plateau, which can be frustrating.

Switching to maintenance level later this week for travel. 1700 for three weeks, then back down to 1200.

01-05-2014, 02:02 PM
My magic number is 1300, but most days it's somewhere between 1200 and 1400. I never go below or above that.

01-05-2014, 02:21 PM
I love the following site for determining not just my calories, but also my fat, carbohydrate, and protein goals:

But I am not solely a calorie counter. I am both a calorie counter and a low-carber, plus I am ona JUDDD eating plan.

01-05-2014, 02:59 PM
My BMR is 1350 so if I subtract 500....
I'm eating 1350 now, constantly hungry and NOT losing

You don't subtract 500 from your BMR. You subtract it from your TDEE, which is a lot higher than your BMR. On the contrary, the "expert" advice is that you should NOT be eating below your BMR.

I like MFP too and used to log religiously. Don't do that anymore though.

01-05-2014, 10:32 PM
You don't subtract 500 from your BMR. You subtract it from your TDEE, which is a lot higher than your BMR. On the contrary, the "expert" advice is that you should NOT be eating below your BMR.

I like MFP too and used to log religiously. Don't do that anymore though.

Sorry for being a dummy, but what is BMR and TDEE? :^:

01-05-2014, 11:00 PM
I don't know exactly what the acryonms stand for but BRM is the # of calories that your body needs to function daily. It's pretty much how many calories you burn if you were bedridden. TDEE is the toal # of calories your body burns by doing daily activity ontop of your BMR. It's the calories your body burns doing unintentional work, walking around the house, cooking, watching TV AND any intentional exercise that you do.

Here's a similistic but recommended site you can use to figure out your BMR and TDEE. Usually a good rate is eating at TDEE -20%. I'm currently doing TDEE-15% because I don't have much left to lose and I'll be moving to -10% pretty soon.

01-06-2014, 12:19 AM
Kaarin, Changergirl is correct.

This is what MFP says about BMR:

Your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is an estimate of how many calories you'd burn if you were to do nothing but rest for 24 hours. It represents the minimum amount of energy needed to keep your body functioning, including breathing and keeping your heart beating. Your BMR does not include the calories you burn from normal daily activities or exercise.

TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) is the amount of calories your body burns in a 24 hour period, including normal activity (sleeping, working, non-intentional exercise etc) and intentional exercise.

So if you eat at TDEE, you will maintain your weight because calories in will be the same as calories out.

If you eat below TDEE, then you will lose weight and if you eat more than your TDEE, you will gain weight.

Ideally, for weight loss (fat loss??), you should be eating somewhere between your BMR and your TDEE.

01-06-2014, 12:40 AM
How is my number so high folks?
Anyways, pleas feel free to add me on MFP!
:) Jakeysmrs is my username!
Also, for everyone going nuts and being hungry at such a low magic number, DEFINATELY add me! I'll be glad to support and give my advice/recipes! I've gone vegetarian, and that makes my magic number DIFFICULT to even reach! It's pretty fantastic actually! I'm here to befriend and motivate, folks, we're all gonna get there, TOGETHER one measly pound at a time. ;)

01-06-2014, 10:48 AM
Many people DO lose weight at 1500 calories, especially if they are exercising daily.

I, personally, have never been able to lose weight on a 1500 calorie diet. But then again, I am short and I have a verrrrry slow metabolism. I have learned that I have a very low BMR and my TDEE is always grossly overestimated by software/websites which calculate these things. I know this from years and years of crunching the numbers and weighing/measuring portions to be sure I wasn't underestimating my caloric intake.

To get a more accurate readout on such programs, these days I always enter my age as old as it will let me go (about 100, usually) and I set my base activity rate at sedentary even if I am exercising and being active. I do this because only THEN does the recommended caloric intake accurately relate to my actual weight loss.

I usually get between 1000 - 1200 when I set the parameters that way. If you find that your 1500 calories isn't working (and I recommend you try it for six weeks before changing it), then consider telling the program you are older or more sedentary than you are so it will set you a lower caloric limit and give you appropriate micronutrient goals for that limit.

01-06-2014, 11:34 AM
Thanks for the enlightenment! :)
I went to that site Changergirl, and it says I can have almost 1600 calories a day. I was pretty surprised. I'll do a bit more research, but I think I stick to my 1200 for now. If I go a little over, I won't feel too guilty.

01-06-2014, 12:47 PM
I've found that what works for me is a range, so try to come in between 1200 - 1500. I believe the best calorie amount for someone is the highest amount they can eat and lose weight - and most importantly to be able to stick to that level over an extended period of time. That might be 1600 for some and 1200 for others.

Those tools out there are good starting points, but be ready to vary your calorie level based on your response as everyone is different.

01-06-2014, 02:07 PM
My number is about 1500.

I use The Daily Plate to track my calories, and it calculates that if I'm "lightly active" at my weight, height, and age I should lose 1 lb/week at that level. A couple years ago I had a personal trainer who did the math with me and we also calculated it at around 1500.

01-06-2014, 03:58 PM
When I was using an intense workout regime (cardio and weights) before, I could lose at 2000 cals.

Since then, when I stopped all that, I also reduced my cal intake to around 1500 and was maintaining at this number with a very sedentary lifestyle (though now that I'm actually loosely tracking my cals again, I think I was underestimating what I ate). Anyhow, both seemed to have worked for me.

I'm now keeping to 1500 and upping my activity level and am losing again, but very slowly.

01-08-2014, 03:26 PM
I use MFP, but it tells me to eat 1200 calories. My BMR is 1449, so I eat 1270 calories and I am losing about 1 - 1.5lbs a week, which is great for me. I only have about 15lbs to my final goal.

01-08-2014, 03:49 PM
For me I can eat 1200-1470 and lose 2-3 pounds a week. I use the loseit! App. I still have a long ways to go but I know I can do it! :)

01-08-2014, 04:01 PM
I use my net diary. It will suggest the amount for you, but you can customize it if you like. (at least the pro version) I used it religiously for 6 months and loved it. Back into it, and with the update for IOS 7 its even better.

Velvet bean
01-11-2014, 07:36 AM
Most sites and apps tell you to eat at least 1200 calories per day, so I follow that when I'm on a diet. I also discovered that I lose the same amount of weight when I eat 1200 or 1000 calories per day. :)