The BMR calculator is a great way to calculate the number of calories you should aim for to lose or maintain weight.
You can look up your BMR here or do a google search for it!
Then, you will account for your lifestyle by multiplying your BMR by the number below that applies to you. Mine is 1.1 or 1.2 because I work a desk job.
- Sedentary – 1.1 – seated most of the day
- Light – 1.2 – walking around half the day
- Moderate – 1.3 – walking around most of the day
- High – 1.4 – high physical activity.
Next, you’ll need to account for your calorie expenditure during exercise. Hopefully, you’ve taken my advice and know exactly how many calories you’re burning with every workout by using your Heart Rate Monitor.
BMR x lifestyle score + calorie expenditure from exercise = your daily caloric needs
This is a great starting point, but please use your best judgment and HOW YOU FEEL to determine your healthy calorie intake when losing or maintaining your weight.
If you’re trying to get lean, check out this post here for more info on how much to lower your calories to lose fat!
All calories are not created equally so stay tuned for more detailed info on what to eat.