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My TDEE - which level would you place me at?
08-22-2014, 11:04 PM
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My TDEE - which level would you place me at?
Hello everyone! I've been more or less 'stalking' this forum/concept for a good deal of time now, but I've finally decided to take the plunge after realizing my body obviously wasn't happy with the calorie level I have been at, seeing as I've been stuck at the more or less of the same weight for several months now with no body composition change. Even though my calories weren't 'horribly' low (1300-1800) my net calories have been pretty small - almost always less than 1000, which I know now likely did a number on my metabolism - which is why I've decided to go for a metabolism reset - at least for a few weeks - before I go into an appropriate cut value.

I'm having difficulty picking out my proper activity level - I'm somewhere between moderate (2300) and strenuous (2557). I workout 4.5-5 hours/week (usually 165-190 minutes of cardio and 95-110 minutes of strength training), but I'm also a college student on a large campus that walks everywhere, and who lives in a dorm that is farthest away from all the classes. I own a pedometer that gives me an average of 16,000-20,000 steps/day. Would you go with either of these values, or split the difference?

Thanks in advance for your guidance!
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08-23-2014, 08:08 AM
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RE: My TDEE - which level would you place me at?
Hi There! Glad you are taking the plunge and are going to start doing it the healthy way!!
Before I advise you on your activity level, can you tell me your age, height and weight please?

Thanks!!

Joan
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08-23-2014, 05:13 PM
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(08-23-2014 08:08 AM)jaeone Wrote:  Hi There! Glad you are taking the plunge and are going to start doing it the healthy way!!
Before I advise you on your activity level, can you tell me your age, height and weight please?

Thanks!!

Sure thing! Right now I weigh approximately 140 pounds (though its a range from 138-145, given sodium levels and TOM). I'm 5'6 and 18 years old. (I'm a youngin', I know. Better to start these healthy habits sooner rather than later though!)

Thanks for the reply & help!
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08-23-2014, 06:04 PM (This post was last modified: 08-24-2014 04:53 AM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: My TDEE - which level would you place me at?
Thanks for the stats! I would go with 2557 definitely. It seems high, but your age, workouts and just everyday activity puts you up there! I'm jealous!! lol! Increase calories slowly 100 per week not to shock your body. I would also suggest you do your reset 8 weeks before you start your cut. Have you checked out the starter kit? It tells you what to expect during your reset along with other tips regarding Macros and lifting.
I see that you are also at a healthy weight now. So my advise is to focus on your body composition = losing fat, shaping and building muscle! Don't focus on the scale.

I hope this helps!!wink
I'm Looking forward to your updates!!

Joan
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08-23-2014, 08:01 PM
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RE: My TDEE - which level would you place me at?
(08-23-2014 06:04 PM)jaeone Wrote:  Thanks for the stats! I would go with 2557 definitely. It seems hight, but your age, workouts and just everyday activity puts you up there! I'm jealous!! lol! Increase calories slowly 100 per week not to shock your body. I would also suggest you do your reset 8 weeks before you start your cut. Have you checked out the starter kit? It tells you what to expect during your reset along with other tips regarding Macros and lifting.
I see that you are also at a healthy weight now. So my advise is to focus on your body composition = losing fat, shaping and building muscle! Don't focus on the scale.

I hope this helps!!wink
I'm Looking forward to your updates!!

Thank you so much for your quick response (especially on a weekend, lol). I just purchased the ebook and am now reading over it. Is there any 'danger' in increasing at 150 calories/week? 50 more calories more a week doesn't seem like it would stress out the body too much, and given that I'm only around 1800 ish now it would take a fair amount of time to increase to my full TDEE if I just added 100/week.
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08-23-2014, 08:16 PM (This post was last modified: 08-24-2014 04:55 AM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: My TDEE - which level would you place me at?
(08-23-2014 08:01 PM)GottaLetItBurn Wrote:  
(08-23-2014 06:04 PM)jaeone Wrote:  Thanks for the stats! I would go with 2557 definitely. It seems hight, but your age, workouts and just everyday activity puts you up there! I'm jealous!! lol! Increase calories slowly 100 per week not to shock your body. I would also suggest you do your reset 8 weeks before you start your cut. Have you checked out the starter kit? It tells you what to expect during your reset along with other tips regarding Macros and lifting.
I see that you are also at a healthy weight now. So my advise is to focus on your body composition = losing fat, shaping and building muscle! Don't focus on the scale.

I hope this helps!!wink
I'm Looking forward to your updates!!


Thank you so much for your quick response (especially on a weekend, lol). I just purchased the ebook and am now reading over it. Is there any 'danger' in increasing at 150 calories/week? 50 more calories more a week doesn't seem like it would stress out the body too much, and given that I'm only around 1800 ish now it would take a fair amount of time to increase to my full TDEE if I just added 100/week.

No there is no danger increasing calories in higher increments. You can increase as much as you like!! Some even jump right up to full TDEE! Its totally up to you!!

Joan
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08-24-2014, 05:07 AM
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RE: My TDEE - which level would you place me at?
Welcome! Sounds like you are off on the right path! Great job purchasing the eBook --- lots of great info there, and you will probably find yourself referencing it frequently.

Like Joan said, how you increase your calories is totally up to you. Some people take it really slowly, whereas others just jump right up to TDEE. Both methods will get you to the same endpoint, it is just figuring out which one you are more comfortable with. By taking it slower, you may be able to minimize some of that initial weight gain that so many see when they increase their calories quickly.

As you adjust upwards, I would just suggest staying at each calorie level until your weight basically stabilizes before pushing onwards (and upwards). Then, once you get up near your calculated TDEE, your body will confirm those numbers you got with the Scooby calculator.

Again - welcome and make sure to keep us updated!

Anitra Soto
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