- 5 years ago
Hi fitness bees-
I have been embroiled in a full on fitness regime since March without any physical results. While I have felt and can see muscle tone and I am most definitely in better shape cardio wise I haven’t yet lost any weight, literally. I am about exactly where I started weight wise (clothes fit better due to toning).
My regime is crossfit 3-4 times a week 650-800 calories burned each time (Polar FT40 Heart Monitor) and volleyball 1-2 times a week (1,200-2,500 calories per three hours typically).
Per My Fitness Pal they recommend that I eat 1,430 calories to lost two pounds per week, plus the calories burned by exercise. Typically I don’t eat back all my calories and net daily my average caloric intake (again NET) is 1,000-1,400.
I discussed this with my trainer today who was shocked at what I hadn’t been eating. He steered me to BMR (mine is 1790) and the Harris Benedict Equation (to determine calories to be eaten daily to MAINTAIN). Based on light activity (I’m sure I’m considered more than light) I should be eating 2,400 calories daily to maintain. They recommend 15-20% deficit to lose which puts me at about 2,000 calories per day, that is almost double what I am net eating and 600 more than MFP recommends.
Ugh, I am so confused. Eat more, really? Clearly what I’m doing isnt working and even the medical journals I read suggested that less than 1,200 isn’t recommended and even that is low for active individuals. I hope I’m not going down another dead end. Anyone have experience with BMR and caloric intake?