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Slim CB 01-13-2011 10:54 AM

How Many Calories do Maintainers Eat?
 
I am new to this and just want to know how many calories you currently eat and how many hours per week do you exercise for.

Help me plz...thanks.

bargoo 01-13-2011 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Slim CB (Post 3651272)
I am new to this and just want to know how many calories you currently eat and how many hours per week do you exercise for.

Help me plz...thanks.

There is no set answer for this, everybody is different,It depends on your goal weight and how many calories you need to maintain that and you will learn that as you go along. I find for me I eat about 1400-1500 calories a day, I am short and small boned,that will be a factor and how you feel and look at your desired weight. There are as many answers to your question as there are dieters.

Slim CB 01-13-2011 11:04 AM

I know...but I just want an idea.

kaw 01-13-2011 11:06 AM

Figure 13 to 15 calories per pound to maintain. (Men 14-16). Use the lower end of the range if you aren't active, the higher end more if you are. But, really the only way to figure it out for your body is to count calories for a while and see what happens.

On cardio, a rule of thumb is that we expend 5-7 cals/min doing moderate intensity cardio, regardless of what the machine tells us. (Manufacturers have an incentive to overstate calories burned.) Half an hour of cardio per day will, in theory, give you 300 extra calories to play with at maintenance levels. The "afterburn" effect is trivial, in the greater scheme of things.

//b. strong,
Kim

lulubella 01-13-2011 11:22 AM

maintence calories for me
 
I stay between 1200 to 1500 calories on a typical day. If its a holiday I might go as high as 1800 to 2000. I haven't had more than that in 3 years.
As far as exericise...5 days a week, at lunch time. I run for 20 minutes then do strength training for another 20. Then I hustle back to the office.

Slim CB 01-13-2011 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by kaw (Post 3651298)
Figure 13 to 15 calories per pound to maintain. (Men 14-16). Use the lower end of the range if you aren't active, the higher end more if you are. But, really the only way to figure it out for your body is to count calories for a while and see what happens.

On cardio, a rule of thumb is that we expend 5-7 cals/min doing moderate intensity cardio, regardless of what the machine tells us. (Manufacturers have an incentive to overstate calories burned.) Half an hour of cardio per day will, in theory, give you 300 extra calories to play with at maintenance levels. The "afterburn" effect is trivial, in the greater scheme of things.

//b. strong,
Kim


13-15 calories per lb! Wow! I work out on average 6hrs per week so that would give me 2,415 calories. I can't imagine eating so many calories!

fatburner77 01-13-2011 12:20 PM

1500 - 1700 calories; 3 hours' worth of exercise per week.

Bright Angel 01-13-2011 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slim CB (Post 3651272)
I am new to this and just want to know
how many calories you currently eat and
how many hours per week do you exercise for.

Help me plz...thanks.

This may sound more discouraging for you than helpful.

I'm female, 5'0" tall, and over 60 years old.
To maintain my weight around 115 lbs --which is a 22.5 BMI,
My daily calorie average must stay around 1050 calories.

I do low-impact exercise of around 7 hours a week,
however, for me, this is merely a fitness issue,
because whether or not I exercise doesn't affect my weight at all.

saef 01-13-2011 01:04 PM

No idea. I don't count calories. Never have.

(Which doesn't mean that I don't pay attention to calories, or look them up & try to learn about them, or monitor portions, or worry a lot about food choices. In fact, regarding the latter, I'm fairly strict, as I didn't have any "goodies" AT ALL during the holiday season.)

But I exercise seven days a week, somewhere between 12-14 hours a week.

Loving Me 01-13-2011 01:10 PM

I've no idea either. I lost 137.5lbs so far without any calorie counting. Some would say I've done it wrong, but it worked for me. I do choose low fat/calorie versions of lots of things and am aware of calories, but it would just have never worked for me.
I exercise 5/6 days a week for approx an hour each day, and I am very strict during the week, with one planned treat each weekend. No snacks in between meals, if I'm hungry, I stay hungry til meal time. But I'm healthier, fitter, slimmer and happier than I've ever been so I'll keep doing what I'm doing.

kaw 01-13-2011 02:00 PM

The rules of thumb are just that, rules of thumb. Those of us who sit in front of a computer all day are going to have even lower maintenance requirements than the "average" person.

I wonder, in a scientific curiosity sort of way, to what extent the 3fc population also has abnormally low metabolism, both because of selection effects (all of us have had, at one point or another, issues with our weight -- otherwise we wouldn't be here) and because of the long-term effects of dieting on metabolism.

//b. strong,
Kim

Slim CB 01-13-2011 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by saef (Post 3651523)

But I exercise seven days a week, somewhere between 12-14 hours a week.

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ncuneo 01-13-2011 03:02 PM

I eat about 1800 during the week and probably 2500-3000+ on the weekend and I exercise about 7 hours per week.

Shannon in ATL 01-13-2011 09:07 PM

I average 1950-2000 per day to maintain happily, with the occasional splurge. I exercise 7-10 hours per week.

saef 01-13-2011 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Slim CB (Post 3651652)
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess that really is a lot, isn't it?

I hadn't been thinking of it that way, only that I wanted to keep it at that level but not do anything MORE.

I think I've started comparing myself with the gym rat population & even the instructors, rather than with your average person who goes to the gym, and this is why I don't think it's a lot.

Anyway, maybe that's a consequence of my not counting calories.

Another reason that I don't count calories is that when I had an eating disorder, years ago, I did journal my food intake in great detail, in lots of tiny notebooks (this being before PCs, ahem) with lots of math in them, that accumulated in a sad little pile that seemed a testimonial to my tendency toward obsessiveness. So this time around, I vowed not to do this. I really think it helped me do it in a moderate, slower, more healthy manner.

Everyone's different, and we all have to work around our own personal pathologies. ;-)


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