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TiGeR AK
03-16-2003, 08:07 PM
is there an accurate method of determining it?

Ironman8
03-16-2003, 08:19 PM
Heh, the only way I could think of is reading the nutritional label.

AJ_11
03-16-2003, 08:22 PM
15-16*Bodyweight is uaually maintence

Vido
03-17-2003, 12:12 AM
The best way is to start tracking what you are eating on a daily basis. Start with one of those generic formulas like 15xBW and adjust accordingly until you are neither gaining or losing weight.

Ironman8
03-17-2003, 01:14 AM
Oops, I'm stupid :bash: I thought you meant you want to track how many calories you eat a day. Anyways, 15xBW is a good method.

bradley
03-17-2003, 02:48 AM
Originally posted by Vido
The best way is to start tracking what you are eating on a daily basis. Start with one of those generic formulas like 15xBW and adjust accordingly until you are neither gaining or losing weight.

I agree with Vido. Just use those formulas as a rough estimate because they are far from ideal IMO. Here are some of the common formulas used to determine calorie intake

12xbw-cutting
15*bw-maintenance
18*bw bulking

Ironman8
03-17-2003, 09:02 AM
Are you sure about that Bradley? Because I'm currently bulking, and I multiplied 18x150(BW) and the result was 2700?! Not even enough to gain a pound. Am I multiplying wrong or something?

Vido
03-17-2003, 09:28 AM
That may or may not be enough calories to bulk Ironman, it depends on a slew of factors, most notably your metabolism and level of activity. At 150lbs you probably have a fast metabolism and could afford to increase the calories, but you have to remember that you probably don't need as many cals as someone who weighs substantially more.

bradley
03-17-2003, 01:45 PM
Originally posted by Ironman8
Are you sure about that Bradley? Because I'm currently bulking, and I multiplied 18x150(BW) and the result was 2700?! Not even enough to gain a pound. Am I multiplying wrong or something?

That is the main problem with formulas of this nature. They are a rough estimate and should be used as a guideline.