Post # 1
I am trying to lose some weight. I have a fairly healthy diet. I downloaded the Myfitnesspal app to try out. I bought a cross trainer to use at home. I have been using it for an hour everyday (always crack quite a sweat!) Myfitnesspal actually recommends that I eat no more than 1200 calories per day.
I know the key to lose weight is to use more energy than you consume…. (not sure on the exact wording…) BUT does that mean that I need to work off at least 1200 calories per day to lose weight? I am so confused!
I’d love some advice xx
Post # 3
@kfiorita: Hey! I’ve been frequenting the calorieking.com.au website, and when you sign up (which is free to do), you enter in some basic details about your normal lifestyle, job, etc. and it works out how many calories you burn in a day. You should try it! It’s also a great resource to find out the caloric value of foods that you consume, it has everything from McDonald’s to various supermarket brands, it’s awesome!! Good luck with your diet 🙂 YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!
Post # 4
No, a pound is 3500 calories, so that is the amount of extra calories you need to burn to lose weight.
So, if you are eating 1200 calories per day but using 1600, that extra 400 counts toward the loss of a pound.
Of course, IRL, it’s not a neat and tidy system, we get water weight issues, but overall, a pound per week is a safe and managable goal for most of us.
Post # 5
Thanks for the feedback. I am still confused though. So say I used the treadmill and I burnt say 500 calories. If I eat 1200 calories that day. Does that mean I will GAIN weight???
Post # 6
@kfiorita: You are forgetting that you are burning calories throughout the day though, not just that 500 on the treadmill.
The 1200 calories is how much you should be CONSUMING(your diet).
Post # 7
Your body burns calories all day long, when you are sleeping, walking, talking, breathing. This is your base metabolic rate. A good rule of thumb (although not exact) to get your base metabolic rate is to take your weight and multiply it by 10. This works as long as you are reasonably active; less calories would be burned if you laid in bed all day. So if you weight 150, your base calorie burn for the day is around 1500. And then if you go burn 500 on the cross-trainer, you’re now at a total burn for the day of 2000. And if you only took in 1200 calories, you’d have an 800 calorie loss for the day.
Post # 8
@inspiredcreations: Thank you! That is really helpful 🙂
Post # 9
Add me on myfitness pal if you want! my username is i l i v e i n t h e s h i r e (without the spaces) and we can keep each other motivated!! =)
Post # 10
What’s your height and weight? Sometimes myfitness pal overestimates, IMO, and you can probably eat more to lose weight.
Post # 11
1200 calories is the MINIMUM you’d eat without exercise. If you exercise then you eat more…the program assumes you’ll add in your exercise and then the calories burned will be added to 1200 to provide you with a new calorie target for that day based on what you burned.
I eat 1200 calories to lose 1/2 pound a week while SEDENTARY. Now, if I run 3 miles, burning 225 calories, then I’d eat 1200+225 = 1425 to lose 1/2 pound a week.