Reliable Calorie Intake number

  • tbone25

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    Jun 05, 2010 9:11 PM GMT
    I'm 33, 5'7'' and 190 lbs. I want to be in the right range of BMI for my age, height etc... That would be below 160lbs. I have the summer mostly free so I have been devoting time and energies to working out. I lift four days a week and do a minimum of 600 calories of cardio (H.I.I.T most days) at the gym. I do the cardio every day (even when I don't lift).

    I often go on a bike ride in the evening about an hour or 1 1/2 hour ride (about 12-15 miles).

    What should my calorie intake be? Is there a good source. I've found some huge variations online.

    Is there a website for this type of information that people like better than others?



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    Jun 06, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    BMI's nonsense. Talk to a nutritionist who's got a degree and get a metabolic test done.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jun 06, 2010 1:49 AM GMT
    I agree with the nonsense thing. If you're gaining muscle, you're eating right. If you're getting fat, you're not eating right. 80% of your body habitus is diet. 10% is activity, and 10% is genetics. Or so said some knowlegeable chic on tv.
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    Jun 06, 2010 1:50 AM GMT
    Apropos I can't believe the Exercise Science, Physiology and Nutrition fields haven't stricken the BMI considering pretty much everyone in the field regards it as an irrelevance.
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    Jun 06, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
    I'd recommend paying attention to your body fat percentage instead of BMI. There are plenty of electronic scales that will give you that number. I bought mine at Target at a reasonable price, but you can find plenty out there at different stores. Pick one day of the week to be your weigh in day and stick with it.

    I would also recommend sticking with cardio activity for now and then begin a strength training regimen once you reach your desired bf%. Check out the link below for more info.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_fat_percentage

    good luck!
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    Jun 06, 2010 6:36 AM GMT
    Heliodromus_lycanthrope saidI'd recommend paying attention to your body fat percentage instead of BMI. There are plenty of electronic scales that will give you that number. I bought mine at Target at a reasonable price, but you can find plenty out there at different stores. Pick one day of the week to be your weigh in day and stick with it.

    I would also recommend sticking with cardio activity for now and then begin a strength training regimen once you reach your desired bf%. Check out the link below for more info.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_fat_percentage

    good luck!


    those body fat scales dont measure body fat they more accurately measure hydration. the scales work by sending a current through your body. the current takes the shorts route possible. if you drink water you are more hydrates and current runs through water faster and your body fat percentage miraculously goes down
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    Jun 06, 2010 6:43 AM GMT
    I appreciate the info, but the scale would still be useful. Anyone that wants to use the device in an effort to lose weight can look in the mirror and realize that being full of water hasn't slimmed them down.

    Tbone, start with a baseline and check on a regular basis to keep you honest.
  • Jerebear

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    Jun 06, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    I've lost 40 lbs. by eating when I'm hungry and stopping when I'm satisfied. I just don't believe in calorie counting, I think you can win that game for a while and then you plateau and then the gains reverse, because your metabolism adjusts. Your body tells you how many calories it needs, not the other way around.
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    Jun 06, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    BMI is ridiculous. I'm 6'0" 190lbs and, according to BMI I'm 'obese.'

    Get your body fat down to 10% or less and as long as you're happy and healthy, nothing else matters.