Post # 1
I’m hoping someone can sort out my confusion. And I will start with a disclaimer that I should just get my darn butt to the gym and not dwell on this minutiae, however….I don’t like when numbers don’t crunch.
So, after seeing it recommended here, I started myfitnesspal, which told me I needed to eat 1200 calories per day (gah!!) AND work out 5 days for 45 mins each to lose ONE pound per week.
Then, I went to a BMR calculator (different website) and it spit out my bmr for a sedentary lifestyle is 1682, which means to lose one pound per week I’d have to cut calories to about 1200 without exercise (which I realize is too low) but it’s not far off MFP and doesn’t require exercise?
I WANT to exercise to maintain lean mass and lose fat, not muscle. But exercise at 1200 calories per day seems really low.
Post # 3
They are both telling you the same thing. When you track exercise with MFP, you get more calories to consume so that your net calories are around 1200.
Post # 4
Where are you in Ontario? There are some great people you can go and see about this that will be able to give you one on one consultations. Ive talked to them (out of there offices) and have found that often weight loss info can be off. The guy nearly tore my head off and gave me a big hug when I told him I was eating a max of 1400 calories a day. http://www.peakperformance.on.ca/
Post # 5
It’s about calories in versus calories out. Don’t worry about the amount you need to eat each day. Worry more about burning the calories you do eat through exercise. Also, cut out bad fats and high calorie foods and eat more greens, lean meats, and fruit. Not eating will cause your metabolism to slow, so make sure to eat three meals a day. Also, weight training is important because it boosts metabolism for up to 48 hours after a work out, whereas, cardio only burns the calories during your workout. Good luck!
Post # 6
Although the intensity of one’s workout can greatly vary, I don’t think 1200 cal is realistic.
But then again it depends, if you are smaller shorter, etc. then it may be ok!
Post # 7
AH HA! Thanks everyone! I needed to read the fine print…..it clearly says on myfitnesspal that 1200 is net, so if I burn 500 calories at the gym I can eat 1700. (right?) Much better!
@naturalysam: I’m in the Golden Horseshoe, I will check them out, thanks!!
Post # 8
Have you ever read Jillian Michael’s book Master Your Metabolism? She goes into extensive detail about what your metabolism actually is (all your hormones working together) and how to really eat so that your body does what it needs to do to lose fat and gain muscle while you’re exercising.
It’s not always as simple as calories in/calories out, although it does come down to basically that. However, 200 calories of almonds acts very differently on your metabolism than 200 calories of M&Ms. So, she explains what foods to eat and why they help balance out your thyroid, adrenals, and your whole hormone balance (aka metabolism!).
It’s very interesting, and she talks about how calories work and how many we need a day. I got my copy from my library, but I’ve seen used copies for $1 on Amazon.
Post # 9
@cdncinnamongirl: I tried google mapping golden horseshoe. Is that near burks falls?
Post # 10
@naturalysam: It’s what we refer to the little dip around Lake Ontario, from St.Catherines to Pickering/Ajax area sort of.
OP, there’s a ton of information on MFP, if you ever have questions you can always ask the members there as well! I was confused about this a bit too, especially since I wasn’t seeing any weight loss for bit, I wasn’t eating enough!
Post # 11
@subbywife11: I totally need this book! Thank you for sharing, I’m mystified by the whole calorie/metabolism numbers game too.
Post # 12
My Fitness Pal has me eating 1200 net calories a day to lose 2 pounds per week. When I exercise and track it in MFP, it adds calories to my total for the day, so that I am eating to make up for what I burn. I usually try to eat about 50-75% of the calories I burn through exercise, since it’s not an exact science to figure out calories burned and I don’t want to overestimate and eat too much. So If burn around 400 calories running, I will eat about 300 calories back, giving me a total calorie intake of 1500 calories, but still a net intake of about 1200.
1200 calories is about the lowest you should go to be healthy and not make your body think you are starving. A big help to make it through on a lower amount of calories is eating a lot of veggies! It’ hard, and I love the days when I exercise a lot, since I get to eat more. But it is working – I’m down almost 25 pounds in 11 weeks.