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Ok, the calorie target tool here confuses me.  I'm 5'8" and 135 lbs.  My goal weight is about 110-115 lbs.  I run 3 days a week...I usually log 3-4 miles each day, along with that I do light weight lifting.  Do I list this workout as light or moderate.  I don't work and am home most of the day not doing much...so beside my workout, I'm pretty sedentary.  Which should I use light or moderate?

Edited Sep 05 2013 18:06 by coach_k
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You will be very sick if you try to get down to a weight like that. At 5'8 110 pounds is a totally unrealistic expectation. It is neither fit, nor is it healthy. Please for the sake of your health do not try to achieve a goal like that. Try for maybe 125, and if you want to get a lean looking body without the low weight then build muscle, it's much more attractive.

With your height at 5'8" and weighing 110 pounds would put you at a BMI of 16.7 which is underweight.....you're asking for a death sentence, unless of course that's what you want.  You're already at a healthy weight so what's the problem?

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Losing weight isn't the solution for you if you are unhappy with your body (which you shouldn't be because you are at a good weight for your height). You can do strength training to tone up. Fitness isn't exactly my area so maybe some people on this forum can help you with routines. But definitely do not drop any pounds.

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ok, well my question wasn't really answered.  but if it matters any I have a very small frame, my entire family is small.  i used to be 110 and was healthy and fit.  i've always been a fit person till i hit college and then got married...then the weight came on. 

ok, how about 120-125?  however, back to the original question: where do i place my workout?

nobody answered your question because what you are wanting to do is unrealistic and unhealthy.......even at 125 your BMI is 18 and you'd still be underweight, even if you have a small frame.  A healthy weight is a BMI between 20-25....which is your weight now.  If you want to go ahead and starve yourself into being a skeleton then put yourself as sendentary and then log your workouts, and use the CC tools for calories, logging food, etc.

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ok, thank you very much. 

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Sorry that you didn't get the responses you wanted. CC isn't supposed to support unhealthy goals, behaviors, etc.

Small frame or not, 110 would be too low of a weight for your height. Plus if you get down to that weight, you may find it difficult to maintain.

Even if your family is small, people aren't naturally skinny. They are underweight for some reason, but don't try to gain weight because they think nothing is wrong since they have always been like that.

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i can understand if no one wants to support me for my proposed weight loss but jeez...can i just get a straight answer regardless of personal opinion?

Hi,I'm not going to criticize you for wanting to lose so much wt. for your height.I will answer your question...I had the same question if that's light or moderate activity.On a couple of sites,your activity level is considered light to moderate on the activity log,because you are doing light lifting,not heavy weights,and also,if you just put weight lifting,it will have you choose between light to moderate,or heavy lifting.The running part I don't know,that's seperate and I haven't seen that choice because I don't do cardio really.The most important thing is that it tells you how much calories you burn in an hour.I usually only do 45 - 50 minutes of moderate,but it works for me.I don't like how moderate and light are the same ,because it should be different.But they're the same...don't know why?Good luck.

I just checked in the activity log that when you run in general,not knowing how many miles per hour or how many miles,in one hour you burn 404 calories. I didn't check on weight or height wise you need to be in order to burn that much in an hour.You can try looking at other sites to make sure the facts are the same.That's what I would do.Hopefully this helps you a bit.

thanks so much.  i think based on my height and weight i burn a little more but its around that number.  so should i stick with the sedentary calories or go with the light?  that's where i get confused.  i'm not entirely sure what my workout is considered.

you know,I would pick the light and moderate weight lifting,since that's what you are doing.I do moderate,but I still choose the calisthenics(weight lifting light to moderate) when I log in the activity.Most important is how long you do it really. I also stay at home and I workout 3 days a week,and I log in calisthenics-weight lifting light to moderate.It doesn't say only light or only moderate. So,there's only one choice for both. Hopefully that helps.The other choice is heavy and vigorous.There should be a seperate light workout calories and moderate workout calories.I guess they are just the same amount.

thanks so much.

Personally, I have a hard time justifying anyone using the light/moderate weight lifting category for any workout.

  It burns less calories than Vacuuming - I have a hard time picturing any workout more strenuous than Hatha or kundalini yoga that would be even remotely appropriate for.

 I haven't the foggiest notion who performed this reasearch or what their subjects were doing, but I'm quite convinced that this category is there only to confuse people.

I'm not asking about the light/moderate weight lifting...i'm asking about whether my workout is considered light or moderate in the calorie target in TOOLS.  but i do agree that light/moderate weight lifting is pretty pointless unless you're really old and can barely lift anything. 

Original Post by sierra8017:

Hi,I'm not going to criticize you for wanting to lose so much wt. for your height.I will answer your question...I had the same question if that's light or moderate activity.On a couple of sites,your activity level is considered light to moderate on the activity log,because you are doing light lifting,not heavy weights,and also,if you just put weight lifting,it will have you choose between light to moderate,or heavy lifting.The running part I don't know,that's seperate and I haven't seen that choice because I don't do cardio really.The most important thing is that it tells you how much calories you burn in an hour.I usually only do 45 - 50 minutes of moderate,but it works for me.I don't like how moderate and light are the same ,because it should be different.But they're the same...don't know why?Good luck.

 

...Thank you very much.  I didn't really post this question be bombarded with rude remarks, I just wanted an opinion about the light vs. moderate.  So thank you very much for not criticizing me and answering my question.  I really appreciate it.

 

Original Post by sierra8017:

you know,I would pick the light and moderate weight lifting,since that's what you are doing.I do moderate,but I still choose the calisthenics(weight lifting light to moderate) when I log in the activity.Most important is how long you do it really. I also stay at home and I workout 3 days a week,and I log in calisthenics-weight lifting light to moderate.It doesn't say only light or only moderate. So,there's only one choice for both. Hopefully that helps.The other choice is heavy and vigorous.There should be a seperate light workout calories and moderate workout calories.I guess they are just the same amount.

Sierra is referring to the activity logging and I think you are asking about the set up selection when starting. I'd say your activity is moderate if you are already working out 3 days a week. Sendentary means you are parked at a desk all day.. or lounging on the cough. But you really aren't doing that since you already get some exercise. I think the difference is that if you are sedentary, you burn less calories, so it goes into calculating your burn for the activities you can select. A person with a better health regimen will generally burn less calories for the same activity as a person who's sitting on their butt all the time.

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