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Old 03-28-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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are my calories too high?

Hey everyone. I'm a 22 year old male, about 5'8" and roughly 147lbs. I know I don't weigh a whole lot, but I have about 17% body fat and i'm looking to lower it for the summer.

I am pretty active. I work out 3 times a week doing 45 minutes of cardio (15 min run at 7mph, 30 min brisk walk at 4.5mph) and moderate weight lifting. According to various exercise sites, I burn nearly 320 calories each session. I am also pretty active at school, considering my classes are all across campus, I do a lot of walking.

Most websites say that my maintenance calorie intake is about 2500. Does this seem too high for someone my size? if I'm burning ~300 calories through exercise, that means I should cut out 200 more and eat 2300 calories to lose fat? Does this sound like an accurate amount of calories?

 
Old 03-28-2011, 06:31 PM   #2
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Re: are my calories too high?

Metabolism can vary a little from person to person. Don't worry too much about the exact count, just observe what calorie intake keeps your weight stable.

17% body fat is within the healthy range for your age. What do you look like? What is your pants size? If you don't have any pot belly, you probably aren't too fat.

Rather than losing weight, you might be better off just gaining muscle.

 
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Metabolism can vary a little from person to person. Don't worry too much about the exact count, just observe what calorie intake keeps your weight stable.

17% body fat is within the healthy range for your age. What do you look like? What is your pants size? If you don't have any pot belly, you probably aren't too fat.

Rather than losing weight, you might be better off just gaining muscle.
I do have a pot belly when I let my stomach completely relax. I have a good amount of visceral fat. I might be higher than 17% i dont know. I can pinch a good amount of fat off my stomach

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A normal waist pinch for a young man is up to 1 inch.

 
Old 04-27-2011, 05:42 AM   #6
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Calorie intake should only be a minimum of 1000 and maximum of 1500. Thats was recommended by a doctor. So I think your calorie intake is too high.

 
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Ricamonete: Normal calorie intake varies from person to person. Most young men need to eat quite a bit more than 1500 calories per day.

 
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Calorie intake should only be a minimum of 1000 and maximum of 1500. Thats was recommended by a doctor. So I think your calorie intake is too high.
Calorie intake varies from person to person depending on their body size and activity level. 1500 calories for a male is low, unless of course he is a small male. Men have more muscle mass than women and that requires a higher caloric intake. 1500 calories is low for most women, unless they are dieting and trying to lose weight. Eating too few calories will push your body into starvation mode and then it will hang onto the fat. It messes with your metabolism.

 
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