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# WebMD's "diet/BMR/Calorie,etc" calculator estimates 1268/day??

Okay. Stats: 5'4, 23 yo, 200 lbs; calorie consumption 1500/day, Burn meter 2300/day; workouts include Curves 3x/week & daily horse barn work {mucking stalls, lugging water, etc}

I started at 204 on Jan 15, lost 4 lbs by Jan 30. Since then, nothin'.

I just went on WebMD's diet calculator, and it said for me to lose 2 lbs/week I should only be eating 1268 cal/day ???

However, currently (assuming the burn meter is correct) I already have between a 700-1000 deficit/day depending if I go to Curves or not.

So who is 'correct'? WebMD or CC? Mix of both?? Below 1200 is dangerous, but 68 above it?? That's what, a tablespoon of Peanut Butter difference?

I'm starting to think 1268 is better, since I feel 'plateaued' at 200 for 2 weeks now and I should not be!

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Original Post by 7sitka7:

Okay. Stats: 5'4, 23 yo, 200 lbs; calorie consumption 1500/day, Burn meter 2300/day; workouts include Curves 3x/week & daily horse barn work {mucking stalls, lugging water, etc}

I started at 204 on Jan 15, lost 4 lbs by Jan 30. Since then, nothin'.

I just went on WebMD's diet calculator, and it said for me to lose 2 lbs/week I should only be eating 1268 cal/day ???

However, currently (assuming the burn meter is correct) I already have between a 700-1000 deficit/day depending if I go to Curves or not.

So who is 'correct'? WebMD or CC? Mix of both?? Below 1200 is dangerous, but 68 above it?? That's what, a tablespoon of Peanut Butter difference?

I'm starting to think 1268 is better, since I feel 'plateaued' at 200 for 2 weeks now and I should not be!

Im not sure which one is correct, but I have noticed a big difference between CC and the Mayo Clinic Healhty Weight Pyramid -  it tells me to eat 1200 cal a day and get between 30 and 60 min of exercise most days of the week to loose.  According to CC, if I exercise that much then I should eat around 1500-1600.

Hm. I don't know which source is right but an 800 deficit a day (by eating 1,500 calories) should be sufficient for healthy weight loss.

Try revving up your metabolism by switching the size meals you eat throughout the day. Eg Monday: Small breakfast, HUGE lunch, light dinner. Tuesday: Large breakfast, moderate lunch, small dinner. etc. Also, maybe try yo-yoing calories a bit. Try 1,268 one day, 1,600 the next. Do this for a week or two and I bet the scale will begin to budge again. . . then go back to 1,500 for a bit :)

Double post! Sorry.

Hi 7sitka7.

I've used the webmd calculator too and it was pretty close to CC for me. What did it say was your RMR on the webmd calculator? My understanding is that the amount of calories it recommends eating is to create the required deficit that would meet your goal.

My example was this: I want to lose 1lb per week and am normally lightly active on days that I don't exercise with house cleaning and a bit of walking here and there. It gave me an RMR of 1813 and said I should eat 1313 calories a day. THis would create a 500 calorie deficit. I figure if I'm exercising I'm burning more than 1813 calories a day so I can eat more than 1313 calories and still have a 500 calorie deficit. On days that I don't exercise I may want to stay around the 1300 mark so I still have that 500 calorie deficit.

CC says my burn meter is 1820 being lightly active so it's very close.

It says my RMR is 2268 and I put in "lose 2lbs/week" and "lightly active" (I go to Curves 3x/week and muck out 2 horse stalls & associated chores every day).

What do you do when you don't workout? do you just lay around or do you do laundry, cleaning. To me sedentary is doing absolutely nothing. Lightly active is what I think most people are normally. IMO I would say you are probably lightly active without your workouts and chores so I think you are safe to add 200-300 calories to what webmd says you should eat.

The only way to find out really is try it. You could give 1268 a try and see if it works for you. If not maybe add a bit.

A lot of websites give really low numbers because they assume that dieters will underreport what they're eating.  If you're honest and accurate in your calorie counting, CC's number is not too high.  (In fact, for many, it's still too low.)

When I don't work out I spend time on the computer, but also sweeping the house/playing with the dogs/painting, cleaning, etc. Our house is undergoing renovations so there's lots of little things that I try to pick away at.

I recommend zig zagging calories as well. I lose over a pound a week doing this no matter how active I am. I always do higher calorie days on the days I work out the hardest though. Good luck! I hope you find something that works well.

Well, It seems that you may have your daily activity set at lightly active.  Now I know that lightly active doest sound like that much and sedentary seems like you are just doing nothing but I would just about bet that you need to be at sedentary, based off of your stats and the weight loss at least.  You should be burning approx 2061 with your weight, height, and age.  So taking that into consideration, your weight loss seems about right.  I would agree with WebMD on this one.  You burn 2061 and eat 1268, that is a deficit of 793 a day.....or 5551 deficit a week, which is 1.586 pounds.  If you burn another 1449 buy going to the gym 3x a week (483 calories a trip) then you will loose the remainder of the 2 pounds that week!

Let me know if you want more clarification.  If I were in your shoes, I would stick with the 1500 calories and just up my workout a bit.  But my math is correct if you decide to stick with 1268 a week!  GOOD LUCK with your weight loss!!

I would bet that she does not need to be at sedentary given that she does physical labour every day on top of her workouts.

Original Post by susiecue:

I would bet that she does not need to be at sedentary given that she does physical labour every day on top of her workouts.

Ditto.

Original Post by susiecue:

I would bet that she does not need to be at sedentary given that she does physical labour every day on top of her workouts.

I apologize, I saw the 3x a week workout and thought that was also the amount of time that you worked at the barn. So I would agree with keeping it at sedentary.  I still say keep your calorie intake at 1500 and work out a little more.  You are still creating a deficit and the weight will come off, some people's bodies just want to hang on to it a little longer than others and then you will drop more than two pounds a week, others you will drop less.  Good luck!!

Just tried the calculators on Web MD and I really like them.  They are definitely easier to navigate and understand than CC.

The way that they calculate the RMR includes daily exercise expenditure.  My RMR is 2121 but this includes exercise based on a moderate activity rate.  For me to lose weight I need to consume at least 500-700 calories less than my RMR or I can eat a little more but increase my exercise.  Their calculations were very well explained!

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