Just to put things in context, someone your height, weight and age would have a BMR of around 1580 calories/day. Add 20% to this for a sedentary lifestyle, which would take you to 1900.
I'm guessing you burn around 300-400 per workout, or about 200 per day averaged over the entire week.
So this would give you a total burn of about 2100 per day.
Most nutritionists recommend a intake of the higher of 1200 calories per day, or your total burn less than 1000 calories (assuming a maximum weight loss goal of 2 lbs per week). So 1200-1550 sounds right on the money.
A range is recommended, to cope with differences between workout and non-workout days, and also just because it is not worth beating yourself up about meeting a single target (especially given the inherent inaccuracy wth calorie estimates). If you are eating within your range, you will be fine.
Edited by: MOTIVATED@LAST at: 10/6/2013 (21:18)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Sparkpeople is designed to calculate your caloric needs. If you filled out the information correctly, it should be trustworthy. I believe it, I've lost 40 pounds since January. Go to your start page, look for the yellow box that reads "goals and progress". At the bottom, look for "--Pounds Lost" there is a link, "change goal". Go to "Set your weight goal". It will calculate it for you, based on how much you need to lose. You can also calculate based on a goal of a date. Look to the right under "Need Help?" it says "Enter Target Weight, Find Out How Long it Will Take" and "Enter Future Date, Find Out How Much to Lose by Then". I love it, it is so helpful.
You can also change your plan to a differential. Your calorie needs will change based on your physical activity. I will find it and post how to find it. If I find it, I always forget where it is!
Edited by: JESSAELINN at: 8/16/2013 (23:58)
Starting Weight- 225 January, 2013
Pounds lost: 37.0
Fitness Minutes: (9,221)
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