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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Counting Calories? Determine your Daily Calorie Needs FIRST!

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Want to know how many calories you should have per day?  Try these websites and average the results!

About.com's Calorie Count - Focused on achieving goal-weight, this calculator uses your current weight, goal weight, gender, age, height, activity level and desired time frame to calculate your goal calorie intake.

Fitness Magazine - This calculator takes into consideration height, weight, age, sex, and activity level. It calculates what you need to maintain your weight.  You will need to subtract calories if you are interested in losing weight.

Free Dieting - This calculator is slightly less information-intensive as other calculators listed.  It accounts for your age, gender, weight, height and activity level. It then provides you with maintenance calorie intake, fat loss calorie intake and extreme fat loss calorie intake (He & She does not recommend following the extreme fat loss calorie intake suggested).

Mayo Clinic - This calculator also considers your height, weight, age and sex. It has fewer settings for activity level as that of the Fitness Magazine counter, but it is quite similar. You will need to subtract calories for weight loss.

What did you find out?  Are you on track with your calories?

17 comments:

  1. Well, I generally consume about 1300 a day, and these calculators say I should consume between 1600 and 1800 a day to maintain.... and yet I've been the same weight for about 3 years now.....so confusing.

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    1. Artsy - I'm sorry to hear that you're not getting the results that you would like. As odd as it may seem, it could be that you're not getting enough calories to boost your metabolism. It also depends on which types of foods you're eating and when you're eating your meals/snacks. A general rule is to eat about 6 meals per day and each meal should be about the same amount of calories. Also, do everything you can to make sure all the food you eat is not processed and avoid sugars and other starchy carbs. Feel free to email us your current diet and we can help you out.

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  2. One calculator said 1641, the other 2 around 2000. Totally explains my lack of energy on my Beachbody designed diet (1300 low carb).

    I love your site! Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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    1. Hi Steffie - I just saw this comment. I hope you are eating more than 1300 calories now and you are eating complex carbs! 1300 is verrrry low, especially for someone who is working out!

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    2. my jamie eason phase 3 has me a 1400 calories...and it is a bit tough, but I have 2 more weeks to go....just hope im not losing muscle....my weight has stayed right a 120 and i am 5'5...and very much more toned and tight....except the booty can use some more fat loss and tightening for sure

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    3. are you supposed to subract the calories you burn from your total given for the day...or just eat a total of 1400 no matter what you burn?

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  3. I've been tracking my calories on the MyFitnessPal app. It has a recommended amount of 1200. When averaging two of the above it says I should be getting about 1480. What are your views on the MyFitnessPal and its accuracy? Is there a reason it was not included in the calorie calculators?

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    1. Hi Kassie! In my personal opinion, MFP gives you a place to start. It doesn't account for speed of metabolism and whether you are trying to build muscle or just trying to drop weight. It's meant more for people doing conventional dieting. I would start with what you got and then adjust after a week or two. You will constantly be adjusting!

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  4. i just found your site a few days ago and i'm so excited. I'm diving into my first die hard attempt at clean eating. I've always known what was healthy and what wasn't. that's not to say that I didn't do my fair share of indulging. i'm 28, 5'4", 113 lbs...and while that's the average weight for someone my height...i'm very squishy around the midsection, tricep area, and upper thighs. I do HIIT for 15 minutes 4-5 nights a week. I've had two kids and my goal is to be as fit as possible, but it's been a month and I haven't noticed even a small change. I i'm doing my first full food prep tonight. trying to get my husband on board isn't as easy as he made cookies last night and I couldn't resist. I have a major sugar addiction. i'm a baker, and I LOVE baking but trying to resist a cupcake or a cookie is like someone putting a crown of thorns on my head :-/ anywho, i'm trying to make a serious change for myself. that being said, I have a question about calorie intake...given my measurements and info above do you think that 1300 calories is too low? also, should I be working out for a longer period of time?

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    1. Hi Carolyn! Generally, you do need to workout for longer than 15 minutes. 15 minutes of HIIT is good, but try incorporating more time for other types of workouts too. As for the calories, that does seem a little low but play with it - you know how you respond. If you want to try it out at 1500, go for it. You will know if you are getting too little or too much.

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  5. All of these pretty much tell me to eat about 1200 cals a day. I am only 5'1" with 15 pounds to lose....I have been eating 1200-1300 for a long time and still remain at the same weight and I work out. I have found others on my fitness pal that tell me to eat more to boost metabolism so now I am eating 1600 daily and my weight continues to remain the same. I am so confuse and frustrated, it does not seem to matter and I am thinking how can that be??

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    1. Hi! Are you incorporating a fitness routine into your dieting? What types of exercises and workouts are you doing, if so?

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  6. I'm breast feeding my 10 month old! How do I know how many calories I'm getting eating clean? It is super hard to count them, plus I want getting enough for a couple of days and my supply dropped a little. How should I make sure I'm getting enough?

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    1. Hello!

      None of us are doctors, so please take this advice with a grain of salt and still consult your doctor. However, you burn an extra 500 calories each day when you breastfeed; therefore, logically, you need AT LEAST 500 additional calories than you would have eaten before baby. Depending on your body and specific needs, you may need more. Unfortunately, there is no formula for figuring that out.

      As for counting your calories, use a tracking sheet and myfitnesspal to track!

      Good luck and Congratulations!
      Tiffany

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  7. Tiffany and Scott
    If I sent you a sample of my diet would you be able to look it over?

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    1. Hi Beth - We offer coaching if you are interested. You can email us at thegang@heandsheeatclean.com.

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