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Old 09-11-2005, 10:56 AM   #1
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Question Calorie Question

It's my rudimentary understanding that humans pretty much burn a small amount of calories constantly, even when seditary or sleeping (approx. 50-60 per hour[?]). Does anyone know, or know where I might find, a general estimate of daily calories burned from a seditary state? I'm trying to find a 'baseline' amount of caloric burn so I can structure an exercise program to burn calories over my intake, but also so I know when not to go 'overboard'.

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Old 09-11-2005, 11:13 AM   #2
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Re: Calorie Question

Basically what you're looking for is your BMR - Basal Metabolic Rate - which is usually expressed in 'calories burned per day (24 hours) in a sedentary state'. There are several calculators online that will help you find that, or several formulas you can find to do it yourself if you like (unfortunately we're not allowed to post links, but a cursory search on 'BMR calculator' or 'BMR formula' will give you a ton of info. But a very rough estimate is 10x bodyweight. And remember that any activity will increase calories burned, so if you're just looking to keep a deficit, make sure that it's not too much of a deficit or you're risking a starvation response.
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Old 09-11-2005, 01:52 PM   #3
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Re: Calorie Question

That was very helpful, thank you!

 
Old 09-11-2005, 02:47 PM   #4
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Re: Calorie Question

I'm confused about something....say a person weighs 160 lbs...so the BMR is approx. 1600 calories burned just by doing basically nothing...so, if that person wanted to lose weight and let's say they couldn't exercise for some reason...they would have to cut out 500 calories per day( to lose a pound a week) which would cut their calories to 1100 per day...but isn't that number of calories too low...I mean, wouldn't it put the body into starvation mode?....On the other hand, say that person exercised and burned,say, 300 calories a day...they would have to cut out 200 calories of food, which would make it 1400 calories a day they could consume in order to lose a pound a week.....am I making any sense???...see I told you I was confused,lol..please set me straight

 
Old 09-11-2005, 04:27 PM   #5
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A 500 calorie deficit is not too low. I know that number (1100) seems low, but if you're literally sedentary, then it's accurate. The thing to remember is that any activity (walking to work, doing laundry, vacuuming, cleaning) burns additional calories. Not tons, but enough to be considered into daily activity levels. With the addition of exercise, you have it right. The remainder is taken out of food intake.
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Old 09-11-2005, 08:09 PM   #6
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ok, I got it...thanks Naxis

 
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