how many calories do i need

# Thread: how many calories do i need

1. ## how many calories do i need

I'm begining to design a meal plan for bulking and gaining muscle mass, but im not sure how many calories i need per day. I know theres an equation for this but i can't find it. Anyways I weight 155 lbs. and I am about 5 ft 9 in.

2. Any equation is just an estimate

3. Originally Posted by forum9351
I'm begining to design a meal plan for bulking and gaining muscle mass, but im not sure how many calories i need per day. I know theres an equation for this but i can't find it. Anyways I weight 155 lbs. and I am about 5 ft 9 in.
You're gonna have to determine that for yourself. Record your diet - food content and calorie counts. Weight yourself daily and take an average at the end of the week. Monitor bodyfat. Over time you'll figure it out.

Online Calcs aren't even close for me. I find myself pushing the broad variables up, up, and up just to arrive at what I think is a reasonable figure. Kind of a game. LOL

My guess, to date, is that 5'11", 200 - I need 4,500 daily to maintain. But all this is subject to so much.

4. I have to go above the normal also.. my maintenance amount is around 2000 - of good clean food

5. Originally Posted by forum9351
I'm begining to design a meal plan for bulking and gaining muscle mass, but im not sure how many calories i need per day. I know theres an equation for this but i can't find it. Anyways I weight 155 lbs. and I am about 5 ft 9 in.
Here's one formula..

Harris-Benedict formula (BMR based on total body weight)

Men:

66 + (13.7 * (weight in pounds/2.2)) + (5* (height in inches * 2.54)) - (6.8 * age in years) = BMR

BMR * AL = Maintenace

Women:

655 + (9.6 * (weight/2.2)) + (1.8 * (height * 2.54)) - (4.7 * age) = BMR

BMR * AL = Maintenace

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
BMR is the sum total of all the energy used for these basic bodily functions(1), not including physical activity.

(1)Breathing, digestion, circulation, temperature regulation, cell construction, and every other metabolic process in your body burns calories.

Activity Level (AL):

Sedentary (1.2) - little or no exercise, desk job
Lightly Active (1.375)- light exercise/sports 1-3 days/wk
Mod. Active (1.55) - moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/wk
Very Active (1.725)- hard exercise/sports 6-7 days/wk
Extr. Active (1.9) - hard daily exercise/sports & physical job or 2 X day training, marathon, football camp, contest, etc.

6. Here is the link to the equation and calculator..

http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-ca...mr-formula.php

7. Here is a link to a few more.

http://www.cordianet.com/calculator.htm

8. Originally Posted by Plutto
Here's one formula..

Harris-Benedict formula (BMR based on total body weight)

Men:

66 + (13.7 * (weight in pounds/2.2)) + (5* (height in inches * 2.54)) - (6.8 * age in years) = BMR

BMR * AL = Maintenace

Women:

655 + (9.6 * (weight/2.2)) + (1.8 * (height * 2.54)) - (4.7 * age) = BMR

BMR * AL = Maintenace

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
BMR is the sum total of all the energy used for these basic bodily functions(1), not including physical activity.

(1)Breathing, digestion, circulation, temperature regulation, cell construction, and every other metabolic process in your body burns calories.

Activity Level (AL):

Sedentary (1.2) - little or no exercise, desk job
Lightly Active (1.375)- light exercise/sports 1-3 days/wk
Mod. Active (1.55) - moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/wk
Very Active (1.725)- hard exercise/sports 6-7 days/wk
Extr. Active (1.9) - hard daily exercise/sports & physical job or 2 X day training, marathon, football camp, contest, etc.

Reasonably close for me:

Calculated 3,625 Cals Req'd vs. my estimation of 4,500. It would probably be pretty close if I were not working 10-15hrs. per week OT.

9. Watch out for those damn equations... If you're like me and you have a super fast metabolism, they're usually short by about 500-1000 calories! What I've found to work is develope a diet, stick with it for month or two, see what kind of gains you're making (or lack thereof) and modify it accordingly until you get it right.

10. Originally Posted by ST240
Watch out for those damn equations... If you're like me and you have a super fast metabolism, they're usually short by about 500-1000 calories! What I've found to work is develope a diet, stick with it for month or two, see what kind of gains you're making (or lack thereof) and modify it accordingly until you get it right.

It takes some time to determine. Chart your weight everyday after waking. It can bounce around a lot. Monitor lift gains... be concerned if they drop. Monitor bodyfat.

Draw new conclusions, adjust repeat. I'm just learning this.

11. These "Equations' are meant to be used as "rough guidelines" for the "average" person. No two people are the same so you are gonna have to tweak the number you get, using the formulas, to you. The Katch-McArdle Formula takes into account lean body mass so it's the more accurate one since muscle burns calories by just being there where as fat does not.

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