View Full Version : about maintanence cals

01-23-2007, 05:59 AM
So this is a fairly basic question but I want to clear it up in my mind.

If someone weighed in at 220lbs at 25% body fat and someone else weighed in at 220lbs with 10% body fat. Provided their training, diet, and everything else was the same, does the person with lower body fat (presumed to have more muscle in order to weigh the same) have a higher maintainence calorie than the fatter person? Meaning say the 220 is maintainence of ~2860 cals, would the person with more muscle have a higher maint in order to maintain?

My understanding is that it would because muscle requires more energy than fat to just exist.

01-23-2007, 07:29 AM
In theory yes, but metabolism and maintence calories depend on a lot more then just LBM.

01-23-2007, 07:32 AM
What are some other factors to consider?

01-23-2007, 07:33 AM
Age, sex, activity level, stress, genetics, hormone levels would be a few.

01-23-2007, 07:54 AM
ah ok, I think I get it now. However in theory if all those things were similar. Since genetics are always different lets say identical twins, and everything was similar, even if not exact, in theory maint would be more on the more muscular of the two.