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# How many calories do you REALLY need?

http://www.drsquat.com/index.cfm?act...e&articleID=12

Interesting to note, that people with low body fat, and well developed muscles burn more calories each day.

If you like traditional weight training, this is a pretty decent site.
I did my calculation and came up with 936 calories!
Thanks Lisa, Fred Hatfield is a well known powerlifter and has been a bodybuilding authority for many years.

I did my calculation and came up with a BMR of 1679 cal/day (we are talking about calories required to keep me alive if I stay in bed all day). If I place myself in the Average Fitness Buff (Moderate Category - 1.6 to 1.7 multiplication factor) I can consume between 2500-2800 cal per day. I feel that 2500 cal per day is about right for me. I am 160lbs, 5"7' and 40 years old and workout 4-5 times a week.

Rusty, your calculation cannot be correct. You must have taken the BMR only, without adding the calories required for daily activities. If you are an average fitness buff you can multiply your BMR by 1.6 or 1.7 and you will get close to 1700 cal/day. Even that is very low! :
BEE 2199.66

Does an hour on the stair climber (or martial arts) and half hour of weights put me North of 4,000 cals? I know when I played football I ate more than 5,000 cals every day and still lost weight. It seems odd but at some point it becomes hard to eat enough unless you eat nothing but junk. Unfortunately that is no longer a problem.

Edit. Math.

[ July 04, 2002, 11:50 AM: Message edited by: Maddog1959 ]
TomB:

Did you use this calculation?

For men, the B.E.E. = 66.5 + (13.75 x W) + (5.003 x H) - (6.775 x A)
For women, the B.E.E. = 655.1 + (9.563 x W) + (1.850 x H) - (4.676 x A)
Where:
W = actual weight in kilograms (1 kg = 2.2046 pounds)
H = height in centimeters (2.54 cm per inch)
A = age in years

If so, I came up with a number of 925.16 for you, 66.5 + (13.75 x 72.58) + (5.003 x 26.38) - (6.775 x 40 = 925.16.
. Multiplied for ADA (1.7 factor) would equal 1572.78. Did I do this wrong? Dammit Jim, I am a lawyer, not a mathematician.

[ July 03, 2002, 06:11 PM: Message edited by: Maddog1959 ]
Quote:
 Originally posted by Lisamarie: Interesting to note, that people with low body fat, and well developed muscles burn more calories each day.
I was going to JONG you, but remembered I was on the wrong site.

[ July 03, 2002, 06:09 PM: Message edited by: Maddog1959 ]
I failed to use the multiple
Quote:
 Originally posted by Maddog1959:TomB: Did you use this calculation? For men, the B.E.E. = 66.5 + (13.75 x W) + (5.003 x H) - (6.775 x A) For women, the B.E.E. = 655.1 + (9.563 x W) + (1.850 x H) - (4.676 x A) Where: W = actual weight in kilograms (1 kg = 2.2046 pounds) H = height in centimeters (2.54 cm per inch) A = age in years If so, I came up with a number of 925.16 for you, 66.5 + (13.75 x 72.58) + (5.003 x 26.38) - (6.775 x 40 = 925.16. . Multiplied for ADA (1.7 factor) would equal 1572.78. Did I do this wrong? Dammit Jim, I am a lawyer, not a mathematician.
I am short, but not 26cm short! Sorry, could not resist. The mistake is that we have to take our height in inches and multiply by 2.54 (not divide). But at least we know how Rusty arrived at his number. You may want to re-calculate your numbers. Cheers.
The base number I got was 2083. That seems reasonable, but I'm not at all sure it's accurate. Here's the base info: Weight 154 [naked, on balance scale in racquet club]; height 68.5 inches; age 60. [NOTE: I have reported my weight previously as being 140 to 145 depending on season. That was the number shown on our bathroom scale. However, this week in the locker room at my racquet club, I weighed myself stark naked on a balance scale and got 154 pounds]

For height, I used 68 inches and the multiplier for centimeters.

This figure supposedly ignores percent body fat and actual activities which burn more or less calories. I bet I'd loose about a pound a week if I just stopped drinking beer!

[ July 04, 2002, 07:50 AM: Message edited by: oboe ]
oboe,

I got 1485 cal/day (BMR) for you, based on:

weight: 69.8 Kg
height: 173 cm
age: 60

That makes more sense than the 2000+ calories. Of course since you are an active person you can multiply this by 1.7 (around 2500) to get you daily calorie requirement to maintain current weight. I hope I made no mistakes. [img]smile.gif[/img]

Happy 4th of July!
TomB:

That does seem short. I changed my numbers to reflect the correction. Much closer to what I thought I was eating!!!

Mark
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