Those of you that follow my blog or that of our Fitness Club Queen know we have been discussing eating habits for quite some time. Suzanne follows strict rules that if I understand correctly says something like if it tastes good don't eat it. I on the other hand have always had a hefty appetite and although I try to eat healthier I do not banish any foods and on occasion still enjoy some thousand calorie snacks.
The other day while out with some guys I had a larger than usual lunch, Pepe's Pizza, four of five slices if I counted right. Later that night my wife and I headed to TGIF's for her dinner delight. I decided to eat light and ordered the Atkins meal of Sizzling Chicken with Broccoli.
Suzanne suggested the meal was still out of whack, implied it was filled with calories and way to much fat. I have been the same weight most of my life and since I'm a numbers nut I keep important junk filed just right. The graphic above is my actual body fat analysis from 1994, my first day at the gym. Coincidentally an inch here and there has shifted around but my weight is only one pound less today.
The BMI calculator used today confirms the reading from all those years ago but I have never really known how many calories I should be eating. The first site I found had an easy way to Calculate the Intake but I wanted to confirm the results with a little more sophistication.
The information at the left shows I need 3350 calories per day to maintain my current weight and when putting in a target of losing 1 pound per week the daily intake drops to 2850 calories. Exactly correct since 3500 calories are equal to one point and dropping 500 per day will allow me to slowly melt away, theoretically..
The Quickie Calculation was also quite accurate. Activity level is somewhat subjective. Based on the more sophisticated calculator that show me requiring 3350 calories I am considered a little above moderately active.
For sedentary people: Weight x 14 = calories per day
- Active People use their Weight x 20 = calories per day
Suzanne..... Test out the calculators and let me know what you think!