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August 15, 2012 7:17 PM
Ok so this is the deal..I was eating 1400 calories (on exercise and non exercise days) and was losing verrrrrrrrrrrry slowly..so I was wanting to up my calories. My BMR according to online is about 1700. Now should I just eat my BMR to lose weight or do I have to eat below/above it? What about when I exercise should I always eat the same amount or do I need to eat more on exercise days? I don't really understand all this..and I just want to know around how much I should be eating to lose weight in a good amount of time.

Female, 5'7", 200 pounds, 26 years old.

I do Tae Bo, Zumba or JIllian michael DVDS 5x a week (about 45 mins a day)..other than that I'm pretty sedentary.
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August 15, 2012 7:19 PM
You need a calorie deficit to lose weight, about 500 calories a day for 7 days equals one pound lost, which is healthy. So if your BMR is at 1700, eat 1200. If you workout and burn 300 calories, eat 300 more calories. :) Hope that helps.
August 15, 2012 7:26 PM
Hi,
Your BMR is the minimum number of calories your body needs to stay alive and healthy. This is the nimber you should not eat less than. Your TDEE is the total daily energy expenditure - this is the number you are current;y burning - it includes your daily life activiites as well as you exercise burn. You need to eat less than your TDEE but more than your BMR to loose safley.

Helloitsdan has a realy great post you should read it will help you figure out your targets. If you do it right you calorie goal will already factor in you 20% deficit as well as your exercise burn.


http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/654536-in-place-of-a-road-map-2-0-revised-7-2-12
Edited by 2hobbit1 On August 15, 2012 7:28 PM
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August 15, 2012 7:34 PM
QUOTE:

Hi,
Your BMR is the minimum number of calories your body needs to stay alive and healthy. This is the nimber you should not eat less than. Your TDEE is the total daily energy expenditure - this is the number you are current;y burning - it includes your daily life activiites as well as you exercise burn. You need to eat less than your TDEE but more than your BMR to loose safley.

Helloitsdan has a realy great post you should read it will help you figure out your targets. If you do it right you calorie goal will already factor in you 20% deficit as well as your exercise burn.


http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/654536-in-place-of-a-road-map-2-0-revised-7-2-12



this!
August 15, 2012 8:05 PM
Well if my BMR is 1700..and my TDEE is 2054, then that's only a 354 deficit (on non exercise days) so if I exercise with....say Tae Bo and burn 300 calories,(still eating at BMR) it would be a 654 deficit? Is that right? And is that safe?

If there is only a 354 deficit on non exercise days then I won't lose much right?
Edited by AmberLP85 On August 15, 2012 8:06 PM
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August 15, 2012 8:16 PM
QUOTE:

Well if my BMR is 1700..and my TDEE is 2054, then that's only a 354 deficit (on non exercise days) so if I exercise with....say Tae Bo and burn 300 calories,(still eating at BMR) it would be a 654 deficit? Is that right? And is that safe?

If there is only a 354 deficit on non exercise days then I won't lose much right?


Follow the roadmap in the link provided above, give it awhile and see how it goes, if you lose verrrrrry slowly still, no harm no foul. You tweak it a bit, then try again for another month or so. It's never going to work EXACTLY the same for everyone, but the roadmap post it a good place to start.

to lose a pound a week you need a deficit of 3500. You said you exercise 5x a week (654 x 5) + (354 x 2) = 3978 cal deficit per week. You will be fine.

DO NOT listen to that first response about eating 1200 calories.
September 30, 2013 5:58 PM
This is not true. You should really figure of facts before you give out information. It could be very dangerous otherwise.
September 30, 2013 8:13 PM
QUOTE:

Hi,
Your BMR is the minimum number of calories your body needs to stay alive and healthy. This is the nimber you should not eat less than. Your TDEE is the total daily energy expenditure - this is the number you are current;y burning - it includes your daily life activiites as well as you exercise burn. You need to eat less than your TDEE but more than your BMR to loose safley.


Now I'm confused because my estimated BMR is 2300-2500 calories and MFP calculated 1870 for a 2lb per week loss.
Edited by DrewMontoya On September 30, 2013 8:15 PM
September 30, 2013 9:31 PM
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This is not true. You should really figure of facts before you give out information. It could be very dangerous otherwise.

Wow - you do realize this topic was posted over a year ago? huh
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