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Howdo you find out your calories burned per day?

I know that your body burns so many calories during a normal day. How do you find that out?
I am 5 ft 5 in, 165 lbs, 21 years, female.

This would help me to figure out what I can eat on a daily average to lose weight.

Sun. Nov 20, 6:29pm

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Try this site

I'll link it below too; hopefully it will work. Lots of info.


Sunday, November 20, 2005, 6:34 PM

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It said 2130 calories for a sedentary lifestyle (I am a bit more active most of the time) but does that seem right? So would I need to eat 1630 calories each day to lose 1 pound a week at 3500 calories? Not including exercis?

Sunday, November 20, 2005, 6:53 PM

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Hmm, according to their calculators and my diet/exercise regimen, I should be losing exactly 3 lbs a week. Not a chance.

Sunday, November 20, 2005, 8:21 PM

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Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)

Here is another site that might be worth checking out:

This site gives a "resting metabolic rate", along with calorie estimates for a large number of activities.

My experience with trying to get an accurate estimate of resting metabolic rate from these types of sites has not been particularly good. I have experiemented on my own over several years and find that what I come up with for a resting metabolic rate is about 50% higher than this type of site suggests.

If you want to dig into this further, you might try to run down the current edition of the US Department of Agriculture publication, "Recommended Dietary Allowances".

Good luck with this!



Sunday, November 20, 2005, 9:57 PM

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Another approach to estimating calorie intake for losing weight

A few years back I used the "Mayo Healthy Weight Plan" to lose some 30 pounds at just about an even 1-lb per week.

The Mayo Plan starts by devising a basic diet that provides 1200 calories per day for a female and 1400 calories per day for a male.

The thinking behind this approach is that most people are not very good about estimating the size of proportions, calories, etc. in what they eat. Setting a diet at a caloric level that just barely provides adequate nutrition will ensure that people lose weight.

This approach worked very well for me.

"Mayo" in the name means Mayo Clinic, by the way, and not "mayonnaise" as I thought first time I read the title. A copy of the book should be available thru a local library or thru Amazon's used books if you want to check it out.


Sunday, November 20, 2005, 10:14 PM

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I was using a different formulas for figuring out how many cals I needed to burn daily, and I was getting discouraged because I always felt deprived. Thanks for the link!

Monday, November 21, 2005, 8:13 AM

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calories burned per day

you can assume 1200 for resting, and then any aerobic, planned exercise over and above this. But make sure you net out the calories. For example of you walk for an hour that is x calories, but only count the caloric difference between walking and sitting still or milling about.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 3:13 PM

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