I've been trying to figure out the right calorie ranges for me, and I've come to a great deal of confusion.
I understand the 1,000 calorie deficit for a 2 pound weight loss per week thing, but I keep coming across different numbers.
If I average out my Fitbit calorie burn and subtract 1,000 calories, I get a starting range of around 1,500-1,600 calories per day.
If I go with Sparkpeople's suggestion for being "active" I get 1,300 calories a day at the bottom of my range.
If I sync my Fitbit activity to Sparkpeople, my range shoots up to over 2,000 calories- and that number is WAY above what Fitbit says I can get (it's set to adjust for a 1,000 calorie deficit based on my activity).
Other activity calculators get me at a STARTING goal of 1,240-1,600 calories per day based on being active and using Sparkpeople's methods for calculating ranges.
It seems like the baseline for being active is too low, but the calories I get for my Fitbit are too high.
I generally workout about 30 minutes a day 6 days per week, but I also take at least 10,000 steps per day. Based on my step count alone, my activity level ranges from being active to very active (I've had 20,000-30,000 step days this past week without any workout).
There are so many variations that I'm not sure what to do! My best friend is having an equally difficult time sorting through these things.
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