Imagine trying to get somewhere you’ve never been to before without a map. Chances are you would endlessly be driving around in circles non-stop not knowing what you’re doing. The same is true for dieting. Dieting is based upon one simple principle - calories in versus calories out. Knowing how many calories you should be consuming is a key for weight loss.
There are simple tools available to help you reach your weight loss goals. One of which is the TDEE calculator. This calculator is a tool presonalized based on your individual goals and caloric needs. The TDEE calculator uses a given set of basic variables including your age, gender, size and activity. After determining your baseline number of calories you can make adjustments modified to your individual needs.
Based on this given information we will determine the number of calories your body needs to continue functioning properly. If you continue consuming this amount of calories your weight will remain the same. However, if you are a man looking to increase muscle mass and size adjust your calories upwards. If weight loss is your main goal, lower the number of calories you are consuming. Knowing the amount of calories you need is the most crucial piece of information necessary for reaching your goals.
Light to No Activity - You are very sedentary. You have a desk job and get little to no exercise per day.
Light Activity - Light exercise or activity 1 - 3 times per week.
Moderate Activity - Moderate exercise or activity 3 - 5 times per week.
HeavyActivity - Heavy exercise or activity 6 - 7 times per week.
Intense Activity - Intense daily exercise/activity and/or difficult physical labor.
How Active Are You?