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Maintenance math..

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Admittedly, math has NEVER been my strongest subject. Unless, it's the simplest of simple math OR I have a calculator, I'm SOL. However, it didn't take much of a math whiz to figure out that, somewhere along the way, I'm going to be in big trouble now that I'm trying to maintain my current weight. Here's the story:

My weekly (maximum) intake of calories is (7*2110) 14,770
My daily BMR is 1557 (approximately) and that burns 10,889 calories weekly

At this point, I'm taking in 3,871 calories per week more than my body naturally burns. HOWEVER, I like to exercise and, on average, burn about 3,100 calories a week. Unfortunately, that still leaves 771 calories left to run amok. Bottom line is, every five weeks(ish), I can expect to GAIN a pound.
Not good. Not good at all.

It's also not how things have been going in the real world. Now that I've got all this off my chest, I think I'll just forget about the math and enjoy the level of health that I've achieved. It seems so much easier than the analyzing of numbers...
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  • JO88BAKO
    Hi! Thanks for asking about the mushrooms. I took the stems out, fine chopped them, also onion, flaked in about a half can of Albacore tuna, didn't have any lemon pepper, so a few drops of fresh lemon juice and black pepper, and 3 triangles of Laughing Cow swiss and about a tablespoon of ff mayo. Oh ya, garlic powder. Mixed it all up and stuffed them. Baked them in our toaster oven about 30 min at 350 on bake, then broil for a couple minutes.
    2888 days ago
    This is a problem I hope to have very soon. Great job Penny.
    2888 days ago
    Just to be sure -- is that BMR number the absolute BMR (basal metabolic rate being what you'd burn lying completely still, not digesting, pretty much only breathing) or is it the adjusted BMR (usually multiplied by 1.2 for sedentary to get what you'd burn going through a normal daily life minus deliberate exercise)?

    And, of course, BMR is just an average for a large group of people. Each of us has our own real range. I actually have a higher metabolism - which is seen in the way I can get away with eating near the top of a maintenance range and losing, as long as I'm not otherwise impacted (stress, salt, etc). If you're not showing gains over a month or two of that, then there aren't literally 700 or so calories on the loose waiting to stick to you.

    That's the one math thing, and I ~DO~ love math, that is very frustrating with weight loss really. Pretty much EVERYTHING is averaged and has some inaccuracy built in. Nutrition labels? Very often have rounded numbers. Things don't come to even 10s, like 130 calories, yet labels often have that. Scales aren't always as precise as we think. My food scale can go up or down 3-5 grams while I have my back turned. My weight scale is in 0.5 pound increments and if I'm between can give me different results each time I step on it. Calories burned often includes our BMR amount (mine's about 15-20 calories per 15 minutes), so the more time we are exercising, the more padding or doubling up on the BMR amount our calories burned number has.

    So don't think it is your math that is wonky. emoticon
    2888 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12068091
    emoticon I agree, enjoy your success and new level of health and fitness.
    2889 days ago
    You've done great getting to goal! Forget the math, stay active, eat well and enjoy!
    2890 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1496683
    Focus on your last paragraph. Enjoy the level of health you have now obtained! Stay active my friend and live the adventure!
    Life is good!

    2890 days ago
    I agree with Gianna (and Cassie!) your numbers are estimates, so take that into consideration. If you are able to maintain your weight over time (say in a month you have not gained weight) then you are eating and moving at your maintenance level. If you notice in a month that you have gained weight, then you can start to play with your numbers, maybe a day or two where you eat at a lower amount of calories, or a day where you do more activity (say a long run if you are a runner).

    Even without a calculator I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out if you look at those numbers!
    2891 days ago
  • GIANNA345
    If you not gaining weight, then maybe you are overestimating your calories, or underestimating your exercise. Anyway, it's an enviable place to be! :)
    2891 days ago
  • no profile photo CD557571
    I love math! Enjoy your health.
    2891 days ago
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