I can eat more!!!

In just one day of using FitDay to track my calories, I’ve discovered I’m not taking in close to enough calories in a day. Using a formula I used from Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle, I determined my daily calorie requirements (for my age, height, weight and activity level) should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2400 calories. On Monday, I took in only ~1700 and that’s not taking into account my interval training. So I’d say my calorie total for yesterday was closer to 1400 and that is WAY too low.

I’m going to keep eating like I have been for a complete week, tracking it in FitDay so that I can get a baseline of what I’ve been doing. Once that is established, then I will tweak my diet so that I’m taking in the right amount of energy.

It’s actually pretty amazing that I’ve done so well this far with such a huge calorie deficit. I know if I tried to keep it up at this pace, I would have hit my plateau and had a hell of a time busting through it. The other amazing part is that I’m really not that hungry on how much I’ve been eating. I can’t believe I have another 700 calories I can take in over the course of a day and still lose weight. I actually looked at my numbers, re-checked my figures and had my wife look at my math a few times because I couldn’t believe that I need ~2400 calories a day to lose weight.

The flip side of that is, MY GOD, how many calories was I taking in each day to put on this weight? I guess being pretty sedentary helped, but I know I was probably hitting 4000+ calorie days quite a bit and that’s scary when I think about it now.

Over the course of the next few days, I’ll be putting together a little script page that will help you determine your BMR, your TDEEs and your calorie requirements. Once it’s done, I’ll post a link.

In the mean time, here is the material I got my calculations and information from. Read up, and when I have the calcs page done, you’ll have a good idea of what to do and what all the numbers mean and the science behind the numbers.

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Quickstats

Date Started: 1/7/2009
Exercise plan: Men's Health Belly Off! 2008
Height: 5' 11"
Starting weight: 208 lbs / 94.35 kg
Current weight: 194 lbs / 88.18 kg
Ultimate goal: 180 lbs / 81.65 kg
Current goal: 190 lbs / 86.36 kg
Eating plan: Sensible, no soda or sugars, lots of water, higher in protien.
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