For the last two months I have been eating healthy and exercising 30-45 minutes a day, five days a week in an attempt to no longer be obese. Doing research into health and fitness, I recently came into this conundrum:
I have based my daily caloric intake amount off of the Harris-Benedict Equation which says for my body type, activity level and age, I should be consuming 4490 calories a day (I am 6'6'' 330lbs, 27 years old, and my exercise is at a moderate pace). The Mayo Clinic's online tool took the same information into account and said that I should be eating only 1800 calories a day while exercising 45-60 minutes a day at a moderate pace.
I am miffed because I trust the Mayo Clinic as one of the leaders in health, but 1800 calories a day while exercising for an hour!? Is the Harris-Benedict Equation trustworthy or should I go with the Mayo Clinic? I have lost weight while doing the former, but maybe I would be healthier if I went with the Mayo Clinic. Any thoughts?