- 10 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
Babyboo – a person needs to eat what they burn a day, which is determined by your basal metabolism. 1200 is just an arbitrary number; doesn’t apply to everyone.
I’m 5’8, I weigh 125, and I’m 27. My basal is about 1400. I need to eat that just to maintain my weight on a light day of little to no exercise. If I wanted to lose weight, say a pound a week, I’d have to knock about 500 calories a day off of that.
Of course a person needs to factor in exercise. Try a calorie counter/ heart rate monitor while you’re working out to estimate how many calories you’re burning. Add that to your basal metabolic rate and then subtract 500. That’s how many calories you need to cut to lose weight. It’s really very simple math.
It’s also suprisingly easy to do if you eat high water content foods such as fruits and vegetables and nice lean proteins like tuna, turkey and chicken breast. Do yourself a favor and buy Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet book. It’s great nutritional information. Diet makes the biggest difference as far as weight loss, off the top of my head, I believe it’s 80% of the job.
Calculate BMR (basal metabolic rate) – http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/
Tosca Reno’s book – http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Clean-Diet-Fat-Loss-lasts-Forever/dp/1552100383
Oh, and STAY AWAY from BMI calculators. Those things that take your height and weight and tell you how obese you are. They are extremely inaccurate and disheartening. They don’t take into account muscle tone or body composition. If you want a real look at how you’re doing fitness wise, have a trainer at your gym do a body fat measurement. Good Luck!