How Many Calories Should You Be Eating?

Not eating enough calories is going to reverse the hard work you put in your workouts and waste the sanity you go through trying to not eat the Halloween Twix in your kid’s pumpkin… (me last night).

If you’re trying to get to a goal weight or fitness level it’s important to start out right. Your time is valuable and the last thing you want is to give up and think it’s never going to work.

There’s a link at the bottom of my fat burning post to a RMR calculator. All you do is  put in your stats and it’s going to give you a number of calories that you need to eat to remain at your current weight.

If you’re trying to lose weight, please note that 1 lb of pure fat is 3,500 calories.

When trying to lose fat you never want to eat less than 500 calories of your RMR number, your body will back fire by slowing down your metabolism, keeping the fat on your body and using your muscle for its energy source. We don’t want that to happen. Same fat and smaller muscles – no thank you.

BUT pay attention!!! If you workout and you burn 400 calories, you need to add that number to your eating calories!

  • My RMR is 1700.
  • I’m trying to lose a lb of fat per week so 3500/7 = 500 …  1700-500 = 1200. I’m going to eat 1200 calories per day.
  • BUT if I work out and burn 700 calories I have to add that to my 1200
  • So I’m eating 1900 calories that day. If I don’t workout, then 1200.

So get your RMR, scroll to the bottom of this post for the calculator – http://wp.me/p1mRvx-3a

Have a good one

angie

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