Thursday, January 15, 2009

Just give me a straight answer, please.

I get really frustrated when I read different information in different places about weight loss and all that stuff.

Here's how to calculate your BMR (Base Metobolic Rate) according to

1. Men should multiply their weight in pounds by 6.23. Women should multiply their weight by 4.35. (Mine is 953.52)

2. Men should multiply their height in inches by 12.7, and women should multiply by 12.3. (Mine is 811.8)

3. Men and women should add the two results together. (Mine is 1765.32)

4. Men should add 66 to the sum of Steps 1 and 2. Women should add 65.5. (Mine is 1830.82)

5. Men should multiply their age by 6.8. Women should multiply by 4.7. (Mine is 122.2)

6. Subtract the total in Step 5 from the total in Step 4. This is your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). (Mine is 1708.62)

7. This number (the BMR) represents how many calories your body likely burns each day AT REST--if you never moved from your chair, for example.

8. To lose weight, begin eating your BMR in calories per day. Because you are not always at rest, your activity will put you in a caloric deficit, and you will lose weight. If you lose more than 2 lbs. a week, however, add 250 calories to your daily intake until you settle at a healthy weight loss rate.

9. Remember, 3500 calories equals about a pound of body weight, so take it easy. Slow and steady wins this race.

So that means that I should be losing weight if eating 1708 calorie a day. That wasn't working (I was going for 1700 - basically the same.)

Why is it that I keep seeing different information everywhere I look???

My gym calculated my BMR to be 2127. How is that possible???

I got a book today called "Crack the Fat-Loss Code" and hopefully that'll shed some freakin' light on the subject.



Wesley said...

I experience the same thing honey. From Men's Health, Muscle and Fitness, Gay Sports, and other fitness websites, they all seem to contradict one another. One website says that eating this amount of something is good for you, another says it isn't. Every website seems to have the perfect ab workout, the perfect cardio plan, etc... and they're all different. I think what you need to do (and what I've decided to do) is figure out what works best for you through trial and error. I am going to stick to the basics for fitness and make a personalized plan based upon what I experience.

For example, I am going to follow the basics on Body For Life, but completely adjust the workout plan and "authorized foods".

Hope this helps =)

Hanlie said...

This is why I don't count calories. Weight loss is about so much more than that. I eat as much fresh natural food as I like and I'm losing weight as fast as the calorie counters. Plus, I don't reach those dreaded plateaus. My body is loving it!

Sharon said...

There is no magic formula that works for every person. We just have to figure out what works for us as individuals. I've been eating around 1500 calories and it works for me if I keep up the exercise. I've also known people who cycle their calories (high intake one day and low the next day), and that seems to work for her. Just experiment and make your own plan.