View Full Version : Maintenance Calorie Calculator

05-25-2005, 12:55 PM
What site/calculator do you use for determining maintenance calories? I've found many different calculators online with widely varying results. Fitday tells me:

Calories Burned Today
source cals % total
Total: 3318
Basal: 2011 61%
Lifestyle: 1307 39%
Activities: 0 0%

Most other sites are giving me 2200-2400 for compared to fitday's 3318.
I'm so confused :bang:

05-25-2005, 01:47 PM
YOUR maintenance calories are NOT a calculated ESTIMATE - they're a MEASUREMENT.

How much food do YOU need to eat to neither gain nor lose weight.

Track on fitday for a bit, and get it that way.

05-25-2005, 02:02 PM
Ahh...my bad.
So - my average calories over the least week accoring to Fitday is 2440.
Since my bodyweight has remained unchanged...that, i would conclude, is my Maint Calorie number?
Sorry for the noob questions...all my experience is is the weightroom - not the kitchen...trying to understand diet better.

05-25-2005, 02:04 PM
You got it.

Start there, tweak accordingly.

05-25-2005, 02:06 PM
hang on a sec, i've been told to only use fitday as a free source to track what you eat and record it. There have been many incidences where people say the basal calories burned , activities burned, etc are inaccurate- like its way over. It seems that way too, like you said, most sites are giving you like 2400 and fiday is giving u up to 3k.

05-25-2005, 02:07 PM
Online maintenance calorie calculators can bite me, one said that with a very unactive lifestyle for a person my weight would result in needing 3300 calories a day to stay at this weight... which is pure bull**** in the simplist terms. I eat about 2000 calories every damn day, give or take 250 calories. If this was true id be loseing around 2-3lbs a week and im not... and my lifestyle is not very unactive at all, if anything its very physcially demanding so that loss should be even larger.

05-25-2005, 02:13 PM
ya cause the thing is, u really can't get some comp to calculate what you need. this is something you have to do for yourself cause technology cannot control nature. Every person is different and the maintenance lvl is all diffent. plus i'm sure there is too much to factor in like height, amount of muscle, what body type you have, your natural frame, etc.

05-25-2005, 02:15 PM
Yes, I agree, don't use Fitday.com for calories burned/weight lost/gained w/e. Use it to calculate calories/macros of foods you've eaten that day. Basically use the Food section of Fitday lol. All the other stuff is inaccurate I would have to be eating something like 5500-6000 cals daily to Maintain my weight and im 125-130!!

05-25-2005, 02:23 PM
So would mine be higher or lower then what those online calcs suggest... im 5'10-11, a fairly high ammount of muscle, not sure about body type but my natural frame is large ( if the only options are small, medium, and large)

05-27-2005, 10:24 PM
id only use them as a ball park figure, the best thing to do is monitor your calories for 2 weeks and see if your weight changes