Determining Calories to Lose Weight
When googling around to find a calorie calculator, I come up with lots of different numbers. Can anyone recommend a reliable calorie calculator?
Last edited by FireFinder; 03-21-2013 at 09:27 AM.
They all vary depending on the formula they use. I always liked this one because you have some different options you can choose and it's not overbearing with options.
Originally Posted by FireFinder
My Basal needs
here is a sample of me if I did 3 run of the mill workouts per week: just stay away from extreme fat loss numbers. a 500 calorie/day shortage is roughly 1 pound of fat/muscle loss per week.
Fat Loss 1870
Extreme Fat Loss 1424
advice on zig zagging
Maintenance Fat Loss Extreme Fat Loss
Monday 2338 1871 1424
Tuesday 1871 1497 1424
Wednesday 2806 2245 1709
Thursday 2338 1871 1424
Friday 2105 1684 1424
Saturday 2572 2058 1567
Sunday 2338 1871 1424
or if you are fond of intermittent fasting then work the calories out around your fasts. I tend to get one 24hr fast in a week and an 18hr (lunch to breakfast)
No matter what calculator you use, ultimately you will have to make a decision down the line on whether its estimate was accurate, close, or far off. Your own body is unique, and online calculators are based on large numbers of people, not you specifically.
Originally Posted by eKatherine
Calorie counting was helpful for me to get a rough idea of what was going on but I never found it sustainable, e.g., I used it for about a month as I noted macros and total calories and determined portion sizes. But now my eating is intuitive: eat good foods until full; snack less, and incorporate occasional intermittent fasting, as desired.
Part of the problem of calorie counting is the issue of absorbtion. Nuts are high-fat, highly caloric, but much of that fat simply passes through and is excreted. So trusting the calorie count based on heat released from burning nuts in a lab is inaccurate. This actually may be the case with many fatty foods, as noted by the folks who eat a lot of coconut oil and suffer from loose stools, if you'll pardon the observation: not all of it is taken up by the body.
I think obsessive calorie counting runs counter to the ultimate goals of Primal. Knowledge is good; obsession and orthorexia, not so much.
Not myfitnesspal. Since I started PB two and a half weeks ago it's been yelling at me how I need 500 calories less, twice as much carbs, half the fat, and much less protein. It tells me that if I continue eating like this, I'll stop fitting through the door soon. My scale and measuring tape tell me a different story. It has a good food database, though.
MFP is ridiculous. I don't find its calorie targets realistic, either. But you can set your own custom calorie goals and macro ratios. I also never click on the "complete today's entry" where it tells you how much you will weigh.
Originally Posted by Yana
Last edited by unchatenfrance; 03-21-2013 at 11:28 AM.
I've always used Fat Secret. It doesn't have all those warnings I'm reading about here.