- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Help, fitness and calorie counting bees!
I’ve been watching what I eat and working out out since February, but I haven’t hit my goal yet. I had very little body fat to lose to begin with, but I am going for a very athletic look and as I’ve stepped up my game, I’m having trouble understanding how lifestyle and exercise play into calorie count.
MyFitnessPal recommends that for my age, height, and weight, I eat 1,570 calories to lose 0.5lbs per week. I chose activity level “Sedentary” because I work a desk job all day and rarely get up to walk further than 100 feet to the copier.
I add my workouts in as I do them – I have a heart rate monitor that tracks calories burned, so I am confident that my exercise totals are fairly accurate, or at least close enough.
However I was reading up about estimating how many calories you should eat, and several other sites said things like “Sendentary or no exercise” or something like “very active – hard sports 6-7 times per week.” – So of course Sendentary had the smallest amount of calories, and the moderately/very active had the largest number. They compared sedentary to working a desk job all day (like me) and moderately active to people doing things like waitressing or standing/walking/carrying all day. I understand needing more calories for those jobs, but I don’t understand why you would need more calories if you are doing intense exercise several times a week AND tracking those exercises and inputting them into your diary to make sure you’re eating enough to support the exercise/lifestyle.
So if I exercise 5-6 times per week, do I need to use the “moderately” or “very” active categories instead of sedentary? Or do those assume that you won’t enter your workout calories and are taking that into account? Why would I need more calories when I work out, above and beyond those I replace after working out?
Also, does anybody think my current calorie goal is too high or low? Other sites said I should eat as low as 1,200 for a sedentary level, another said as high as 1,740 for sedentary.
For what it’s worth I am 28, 5’10”, and 138 lbs. I do intervals (both cardio and weight intervals) and running about 5x/week.