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Old 09-09-2014, 09:42 AM   #1
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Question Basal metabolism confuses me

Hi guys im new here i hope i dont make any trouble by opening this theader here, so i really need some advice
i just dont get it about the Basal metabolism..

I have calculated my basic sales and it says that i can eat 1480 calories a day without working out, just going to the toilet and the typical everydday stuff without gaining weight?
somewhere else it says that you must eat 500 calories less then your Basal metabolism too lose weight.....
somewhere else i readed that you should eat at least 1200 calories to keep it the healthy way
and now im really confused cause 1480 minus 500 would be around 900 calories and thats under 1200, what should i do? how much calories can i eat and still lose weight in a healthy way without gaining it back i hope someone understands what i mean and can give me a answer im so confused

1480 calories keeping the weight
1000 calories loosing weight
do i undertand it right?
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Old 09-09-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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Your BMR (basal or resting metabolic rate) is the number of daily calories you would need if you were lying motionless all day. The word "rate" is actually a misnomer, because BMR as understood today is an absolute number, not a rate.

Your TEE (total energy expenditure) is the number of daily calories you need to maintain your current weight. It's higher than BMR, because people are up and about during the day, not lying motionless. Typically, TEE is equal to BMR multiplied by a coefficient of 1.2 to 1.6, depending on your level of activity. If your BMR is 1,300 calories and you're moderately active, your TEE is probably about 1,300 x 1.4 = 1,820 calories.

In order to lose one pound per week, you need to eat 500 cals/day less than your TEE (not your BMR). In the above case that would be 1,320 calories. To lose two pounds per week, you need to eat 1,000 cals/day less than your TEE.

Of course the figures don't work out so neatly, because your metabolic rate goes down a little when you restrict calories, but that's the ballpark.

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^Thank you for that explanation, very well-written!
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:48 AM   #4
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yes thank you very muchh
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:38 AM   #5
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Freelancemomma, thanks for your explanation but I have some additional questions for when I do my calculations. My BMR is 2,653. So what should my calorie intake be? Because based on your calculations I should be getting in 2100 or even taking it down to 1700. However, on a day to day basis my intake fluctuates between 1500-1900 and yet, I'm not seeing any kind of loss on my scale in the past 7 weeks. Any additional thoughts or suggestions?

I use my fitness pal to track calories. I live in China so my food selection is not similar to that in the states. In the past 7 weeks I have only eaten two meals that I did not prepare myself but they were still very healthy. I get plenty of water everyday and my calories only come from food (not drinks) so I am eating vegetables, fruits, chicken breasts, salmon, lean beef on occasion, I also switched all my grains to whole grains but usually only use whole wheat pasta and a specific kind of cereal as well as weight loss control oatmeal and mission wheat tortillas. Portion control isn't a problem for me as my calorie intake can attribute to.

So any suggestions? From anyone are welcome!
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My BMR is 2,653.
....Are you sure that's right? That sounds really high for a BMR....Mine is only 1,472.

Then again, I just noticed that you're ten inches taller than me, ahaha. and depending on what you weigh, yeah, I guess 2,653 would be realistic. Carry on. *L*
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