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May 30, 2012 4:18 PM
I am receiving conflicting information on how many calories I should be eating a day. I know everyone is different but I am curious to how many calories a day people in the 350 range are eating. This website says I should consume 1770
May 30, 2012 4:20 PM
i have heard a lot about this site.
and it has helped LOTS of people lose LOTS of weight.
so if you filled in your info correctly, then it should be pretty accurate.
try only consuming that many calories, and see what happens. :)
  21515246
May 30, 2012 4:25 PM
It depends on what your stats are. (height, age and so on) I was given 1800 at 300lb
  9648316
May 30, 2012 4:31 PM
I am a 200 lb man and eat 3000 calories. But like others said its based on weight height and age. But you should follow mfp and then eat back 50-75% of you exercise calories.
May 30, 2012 4:52 PM
I am 5'5, technically weigh 341 and I'm 41 years old
May 30, 2012 5:00 PM
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I am 5'5, technically weigh 341 and I'm 41 years old


I would put you at 2000-2200 calories without eating exercise calories or 1800+ exercise calories.
May 30, 2012 5:08 PM
When I first joined I weighed in at 355, height 5'7" and MFP suggested I eat 1900 calories per day.

It worked for me. I also was walking every other day for an hour (and at that point had no idea about eating
back the workout calories so I wasn't. I do eat half back now, though!)

Every 10 lbs lost MFP readjusts your calorie intake tailoring it around your activity level, height, age, and weight (I believe.)

I would just let MFP do it's thing and you do yours- remember that being active is just as important as eating better :)

Good luck!
  16299701
May 30, 2012 5:23 PM
I don't really tell anyone what I weigh. It is over 350. The doctor put me on 2000 calories a day for a couple of months then moved it down to 1500. Been at these calories for about 3 months now. Hope this helps!!~~
May 30, 2012 5:28 PM
When I began, I was 370 and I'm 5 ft 6, lead a sedentary work life (office job), and they had me at around 1800 cals a day to lose two lbs a week. Of course it's adjusted since then, so I'd say it's pretty accurate, given how much I'm losing.
Edited by marywanoKC On May 30, 2012 5:29 PM
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May 30, 2012 5:32 PM
Here is a simple formula.

The more fat a person has the bigger deficit they can get away with.

Normally(not in your case) to maintain weight people usually eat about 12-15 * their body weight. So for me I weigh 306 or so
306 * 12 = 3676 calories for me to maintain my weight, which is pretty close to what other calculators tell me.

Now, think of your goal weight, my goal weight is 235lbs, so I find out how many calories a person who weighs 235 weighs.

235 * 12 = 2820 calories. I would eat at this number until i come close to my goal weight. No need to wory about eating exercise calories back and what not. You plan to reach your goal weight eventually? Why not start eating at that level now..? no need to adjust every time you lose weight, stick to that level and you should be good to go.
  11390926
May 30, 2012 5:35 PM
What did you set as your pounds to lose per week? I'm also at 1770, but that's weighing 243lbs and losing 1 lb per week.
May 30, 2012 5:35 PM
When I started MFP, I weighed around 330 lbs. I just looked back through my diary and found that I ate around 1700-2000 calories per day. I lost a lot of weight in my first months of MFP (40 lbs in 2 months!) I would recommend eating what MFP calculates for you at first. Now that I've lost 130 lbs, I eat more to preserve my muscle, 2000-2300 per day.....but when you have more to lose, its okay to have a higher calorie deficit- as I've found from my personal experience. I hope that helps!
Edited by superstarcassie On May 30, 2012 5:36 PM
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May 30, 2012 5:37 PM
I'm 44, weigh 340 pounds, and am 5'9. The program gave me 2070 calories a day and I'm finding it difficult to actually eat that many, especially with the extra allowance you get for exercising. I just started this program this week.
May 30, 2012 5:50 PM
I am 246 and I'm eating between 1700 and 2100 a day.
  1859685
May 30, 2012 5:58 PM
I weigh 248, and I am 5'4". They started me at 2198 calories. I think the difference is how much you exercise. My mother is on here, and she is 4'8" and weighs 170. She was given 1200, but she does not excercise at all. When you exercise calories are burned. This is just a thought.
May 30, 2012 6:03 PM
I'm at 350 and I am 5'9". I burn around 800-1000 calories per day exercising. I shoot for 2500-3000 per day.
  18245615
May 30, 2012 6:04 PM
QUOTE:

Here is a simple formula.

The more fat a person has the bigger deficit they can get away with.

Normally(not in your case) to maintain weight people usually eat about 12-15 * their body weight. So for me I weigh 306 or so
306 * 12 = 3676 calories for me to maintain my weight, which is pretty close to what other calculators tell me.

Now, think of your goal weight, my goal weight is 235lbs, so I find out how many calories a person who weighs 235 weighs.

235 * 12 = 2820 calories. I would eat at this number until i come close to my goal weight. No need to wory about eating exercise calories back and what not. You plan to reach your goal weight eventually? Why not start eating at that level now..? no need to adjust every time you lose weight, stick to that level and you should be good to go.


Very interesting and simple way to look at this. Thanks :)
  16517091
May 30, 2012 6:04 PM
Very interesting!!!!
May 30, 2012 6:05 PM
1500 is DEFINATELY not enough for a person of that size.

I am 5'9" 147 lbs and my BMR is ~1700. I maintain with 2800 calories/day.
Eating less than your BMR will seriously mess up your metabolism long term.
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=121703981&s=e7c715683aa6e8e7f98039af8ed76162
Use this link to calculate how many calories per day you should be having.
It is much more accurate than myfitnesspal's calculator.

A deficit larger than 22 Calories per Pound of Body Fat is a very bad idea.
May 30, 2012 6:06 PM
It takes into consideration the number of calories your body needs to just live. Heat beat, breathing, etc... I'd stick with what it says! The site is pretty snazzy. And like others have said, it'll adjust as needed for you. :) Good luck!!
  23462567
May 30, 2012 6:11 PM
A good start is 10 * your body weight but I honestly think at 2000 calories you would be fine.
May 30, 2012 6:13 PM
I know where you are coming from with conflicting amounts of calories I have gone with different amounts from 1200 to 2400 . But I have found that this site is working for me.
With the amount that they have given me of 1700 a day. I am losing for once and it is the first time that I have been taking the weight off and keeping it off. The exercise tracker pushes me to exercise as well. Try the amount of calories and see how you make out.
May 30, 2012 6:19 PM
I am 29, 5'7, and 180 lbs. The site put me on a 1200 calories a day.
  832993
May 30, 2012 6:19 PM
Here is a site that shows you what your BMR is and how many calories at different deficits:

http://www.fitwatch.com/qkcalc/caloriedeficitcalculator.php

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Edited by grannygethealthy1111 On May 30, 2012 6:20 PM
May 30, 2012 6:28 PM
QUOTE:

Here is a simple formula.

The more fat a person has the bigger deficit they can get away with.

Normally(not in your case) to maintain weight people usually eat about 12-15 * their body weight. So for me I weigh 306 or so
306 * 12 = 3676 calories for me to maintain my weight, which is pretty close to what other calculators tell me.

Now, think of your goal weight, my goal weight is 235lbs, so I find out how many calories a person who weighs 235 weighs.

235 * 12 = 2820 calories. I would eat at this number until i come close to my goal weight. No need to wory about eating exercise calories back and what not. You plan to reach your goal weight eventually? Why not start eating at that level now..? no need to adjust every time you lose weight, stick to that level and you should be good to go.


Wow! This really makes sense! I weigh about 246 (having started at 256 about a month ago) and because I set my activity level at sedentary and my weight loss goal at 2 lbs. a week, MFP set my calories at 1200, which is really low some days.
It said that my BMR is roughly 1750 and my calories burned from daily activities is 2,130. But here's the thing: I've been eating between 1,400 and 1,700 every day and have still lost about 3 lbs. a week. Using your simple formula, it works out to what I've been eating. 246 x 12 is 2,952. If I eat 1,400, I have a deficit of 1,500, before exercise -- 3 lbs. a week. Voila!!
Cool!
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