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Freedieting.com daily caloric intake calculator?


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Hi everyone, I was just doing some searching and found this daily caloric intake calculator on Freedieting.com (have never heard of that website til just now).

 

Anyway, I entered in my stats (28 y/o, female, 5'5", 150 lbs.) and it told me that to lose fat, I need to be eating approximately 1550 calories a day, even while exercising three times a week!

 

Does this seem "off" to anyone else? It is really discouraging! And seems to not line up with what CC says at all...

 

Here is the URL: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calc ulator.htm

 

--clampers

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You might like the results better if you go in to the advanced options and change the formula used.  There are several different formulas, that is why different sites seems so extreme.  For example, with my stats to lose the Mifflin says 1264, Katch says 1844 and Harris says 1393.  I personal go by the Harris formula.  Try changing it and re-calculating and see how different your results are!

Well, it's pretty close to what you'd get from CC's calorie target tool if you picked "lightly active" (which I would generally consider equivalent to exercise 3x/week).

But if those 3x/week workouts are intense enough to put you at more than lightly active, or you are active during the day outside your workouts, than it's probably not the best setting for you.

Picking up on what amethystgirl said:

It looks to me like that calculator assumes your workout to be fairly low intensity unless you pick the "intense" option.  I chose "every day" because I walk around 90 minutes a day, which is as low intensity as it gets, and the number I got was pretty accurate for me, and around 50 calories per day off what CC calculates.  If you do running or some other more intense activity, try the "intense" setting and see if it looks more accurate for you.

Ok, I did that and now it is within 30 calories of my CC targets...

 

I was just like, OMG now I have to eat even less?! Not even really possible...

 

Thanks guys (and gals)!

Actually, the other site was probably more accurate.  Exercising only three times a week, leaving the other four days with no exercise more than your day-to-day functioning, is not enough to boost your metabolism for any longer than the workouts. Three times a week is likely between "sedentary" and "lightly active."  If you really do push through your workouts and are busy moving around at work and home throughout the day, then "lightly active."  

Losing weight isn't as easy as you want it to be.

Zombiebride,

I cannot say that I completely agree with you. I can only speak from my personal experience(and my husbands)... For quite some time we only exercised for 3 days a week for a very long time. Our work outs typically lasted 45-90 minutes. However, we consistently lost at least 2lbs a week with our stats set at moderate activity. I'm not saying that this is the case for everyone, but it def worked for us.

Now I work out more, and lose a lot more slowly lol.

My Stats: Female, 5'5.5, 21

HW:215

CW: As of today(148.8)

GW: (144/142)

Another consideration is what "sedentary" really means here. 

In my experience the "sedentary" setting here at CC applies to very, very few people.  To be truly sedentary, you basically get up go sit in front of the TV or computer, and do virtually nothing else until you go to bed at night.    If that's you, then you are what CC calls sedentary.

But in my experience, even doing basic, light household chores (vacuuming or dusting, or grocery shopping) would be enough activity to put you into "Lightly Active."  If you walk around at work, or exercise even lightly, that's going to put you over the sedentary.  If you exercise hard a few times a week, you're probably going to reach "moderate" according to this site's standards.

When I first started, I set the activity level to sedentary and logged my exercise, and found that I was understating my calories burned by 300 or so.  When I added a second a walk, that underestimate increased by another 200, even though I was logging both walks.  So I think it's probably easier to underestimate your calorie burn here than it is to overestimate.

And any way, if you go for a few weeks (one isn't enough!) and the loss doesn't equal the estimated deficit, it's easy enough to reduce your calories a little.  For some reason, increasing calories seems to be harder.

Original Post by dd0427353:

Zombiebride,

I cannot say that I completely agree with you. I can only speak from my personal experience(and my husbands)... For quite some time we only exercised for 3 days a week for a very long time. Our work outs typically lasted 45-90 minutes. However, we consistently lost at least 2lbs a week with our stats set at moderate activity. I'm not saying that this is the case for everyone, but it def worked for us.

Now I work out more, and lose a lot more slowly lol.

My Stats: Female, 5'5.5, 21

HW:215

CW: As of today(148.8)

GW: (144/142)

Given that your HW was so high, your metabolism was also higher.  So, the weight loss you experienced at the start was probably amplified by that as much as it was due to exercise.  You've probably noticed that it's slowed down quite a bit by now.

Original Post by thezombiebride:

Original Post by dd0427353:

Zombiebride,

I cannot say that I completely agree with you. I can only speak from my personal experience(and my husbands)... For quite some time we only exercised for 3 days a week for a very long time. Our work outs typically lasted 45-90 minutes. However, we consistently lost at least 2lbs a week with our stats set at moderate activity. I'm not saying that this is the case for everyone, but it def worked for us.

Now I work out more, and lose a lot more slowly lol.

My Stats: Female, 5'5.5, 21

HW:215

CW: As of today(148.8)

GW: (144/142)

Given that your HW was so high, your metabolism was also higher.  So, the weight loss you experienced at the start was probably amplified by that as much as it was due to exercise.  You've probably noticed that it's slowed down quite a bit by now.

Well, I will not debate the fact that my metabolism was high. However, I will not fully credit it to my HW seeing that it was a rapid gain(40 lbs in 2.5 months). This gain was a result of having been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and given an array of medications for pain. These medications caused my metabolism to slow greatly hence the fact the I gained 40lbs in two months. There was also a decrease in my activity due to my pain and fatigue. However, before this I had been losing 60 pounds I had gained from my pregnancy, and before that I was normal sized with a very large appetite. I was also a teenager, and I didn't gain a pound. I would estimate that I was consuming around an average of 2800-3000 calories a week at that time. So, really I just think that I lost so easily up until last month because I decided to up my calories to keep my metabolism =). I'm perfectly fine with losing .5-.75 lbs a week.

Original Post by dd0427353:

Original Post by thezombiebride:

Original Post by dd0427353:

Zombiebride,

I cannot say that I completely agree with you. I can only speak from my personal experience(and my husbands)... For quite some time we only exercised for 3 days a week for a very long time. Our work outs typically lasted 45-90 minutes. However, we consistently lost at least 2lbs a week with our stats set at moderate activity. I'm not saying that this is the case for everyone, but it def worked for us.

Now I work out more, and lose a lot more slowly lol.

My Stats: Female, 5'5.5, 21

HW:215

CW: As of today(148.8)

GW: (144/142)

Given that your HW was so high, your metabolism was also higher.  So, the weight loss you experienced at the start was probably amplified by that as much as it was due to exercise.  You've probably noticed that it's slowed down quite a bit by now.

Well, I will not debate the fact that my metabolism was high. However, I will not fully credit it to my HW seeing that it was a rapid gain(40 lbs in 2.5 months). This gain was a result of having been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and given an array of medications for pain. These medications caused my metabolism to slow greatly hence the fact the I gained 40lbs in two months. There was also a decrease in my activity due to my pain and fatigue. However, before this I had been losing 60 pounds I had gained from my pregnancy, and before that I was normal sized with a very large appetite. I was also a teenager, and I didn't gain a pound. I would estimate that I was consuming around an average of 2800-3000 calories a week at that time. So, really I just think that I lost so easily up until last month because I decided to up my calories to keep my metabolism =). I'm perfectly fine with losing .5-.75 lbs a week.

Regardless, you've done really well, and it's really hard!  So, congrats. :)

Zombiebride,

Thank you =). Congratulations on each of your successes! Everyone working towards having or maintaining a healthy lifestyle definitely deserves some applause! keep up the good work.

Original Post by thezombiebride:

Given that your HW was so high, your metabolism was also higher.  So, the weight loss you experienced at the start was probably amplified by that as much as it was due to exercise.  You've probably noticed that it's slowed down quite a bit by now.

I'm wondering if someone could explain this concept to me...I am sure this is very basic but I just don't understand. 

 

Does "HW" stand for "high weight"? Why is your metabolism higher when you are at a high weight? I would think it would be lower, and your metabolism rises as you start exercising...

 

I understand that your metabolism slows as you become more used to exercising (hence, plateaus, right?).

Original Post by clampers:

Does "HW" stand for "high weight"? Why is your metabolism higher when you are at a high weight? I would think it would be lower, and your metabolism rises as you start exercising...

Larger mass takes more energy to move. So a larger person burns more calories at rest or during activity than a smaller person.

Simple. Thanks! 

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