How much calories are you suppose to eat to lose weight?
Lets start with this BMR Calculator. (may take a few seconds to load)
Then you multiply the number you got by 1.3 & 1.5 to take daily physical activity and you’ll get the low and high value for how much you burn.
In my example of John, he’s 185lbs, 24 years old and 5’8″ His BMR is 1,916. Multiply by 1.3 and 1.5, we get two numbers. 2,491 & 2,874. When you’re trying to lose weight, you typically want to eat 500-1000 calories less than you burn.
BMR stands for basal metabolic rate. Your basal metabolic rate is your base rate of expenditure If you were to sleep all day you would burn your base rate of calories. In my experience, this is the only information you need.
There are devices out there like the Exerspy, Fit Bit and the Nike Fuel Band which I think are great products that provide more accurate real time tracking; and for some people it’s motivating. Eventually I will write a post about my experience with the Exerspy.