MFP Gives 1500 Calorie Goal for 18 Stone Man?

MrsMizart
MrsMizart Posts: 1,275 Member
Seems way too low.

He's 5'11". Early fifties. Has a sedentary lifestyle, but rides a pushbike a couple of times a week.

I've had a look round the net and the guidance is confusing.

My best guess would be 2000, but am open to advice :-)

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  • DrJenO
    DrJenO Posts: 404 Member
    Very few people truly have a sedentary lifestyle. What are his daily activities like?

    Also, what is his goal rate of loss (per week) set to?
  • Supertact
    Supertact Posts: 466 Member
    2k is perfect.
  • MireyGal76
    MireyGal76 Posts: 7,334 Member
    Seems way too low.

    He's 5'11". Early fifties. Has a sedentary lifestyle, but rides a pushbike a couple of times a week.

    I've had a look round the net and the guidance is confusing.

    My best guess would be 2000, but am open to advice :-)

    I'm betting he told it he wants to lose 2lb a week.
  • SezxyStef
    SezxyStef Posts: 15,268 Member
    MFP bases that number on your weekly goal...


    So with 70 lbs to go did you choose 2lbs a week or 1.5lbs a week?

    If you have 75+ lbs to lose 2 lbs/week is ideal
    If you have 40-75 lbs to lose 1.5 lbs/week is ideal
    If you have 25-40 lbs to lose 1 lbs/week is ideal
    If you have 15 -25 lbs to lose 0.5 to 1.0 lbs/week is ideal
    If you have less than 15 lbs to lose 0.5 lbs/week is ideal

    And are you truely sedentary...do you sit all day long? Even as a person with an office job I average 9k steps a day which puts me at lightly active.

    If it has you 1500 I suspect you chose 2lbs and when you ride your bike you need to log that and eat back some of those calories for example if you burned 200...suggestion is to eat back 50-75% (so 100-150) of them.

    at 5 ft 11...140lbs is very light...on the very low end of a "healthy" weight for your size.

    Your starting weight according to your ticker is 217 not 18 stone which works out to 252lbs...
  • MrsMizart
    MrsMizart Posts: 1,275 Member
    Thank you. He's a software coder. Works from home, so not much in the way of travelling. Out of holiday season (when daughter is at Uni) he will hike around a field to check our horses.

    He doesn't mind at what rate he goes. Wants to get to fourteen stone.

    Thank you. I was think the 2000 with additional on the days he cycles.
  • ironanimal
    ironanimal Posts: 5,922 Member
    MFP assumes you'll eat back exercise calories as well, don't forget - so his allowance will be higher the days he logs those calories in.

    If 1500 is too little, just set it to 1lb a week.
  • WalkingAlong
    WalkingAlong Posts: 4,926 Member
    I'm sure he could lose at 1500 or 2000. One will be slower and less restrictive, one faster and more restrictive. There is no 'right answer', just whichever suits his needs more. If you pick you want to lose 2 lb/week here, that's 'faster' and more restrictive.
  • MrsMizart
    MrsMizart Posts: 1,275 Member
    Thank you. Maybe it did go in at 2lbs a week. I'll check!

    Sorry for the confusion. Those stats are mine (15+ stone, goal of 10 stoneetc). He's 18 stone and goal of 14 stone.
  • ironanimal
    ironanimal Posts: 5,922 Member
    MFP set me to around 1560 when I started.

    Listen to me closely. Don't. Just don't.

    :noway:
    I got 1650.

    I fell off the rails pretty quick.
  • MrsMizart
    MrsMizart Posts: 1,275 Member
    Thank you. They're coming in around the 2000.

    Thank you. I'm thinking 2000 on normal days and allowance for more on cycling days. He'll use up about 1500 calories cycling each time.

    Thank you. Very good point about timescale. I have more to lose than he does, so he'll probably match it to mine.

    Thank you. I don't think he'd like 1500 a day... :sad:
  • SezxyStef
    SezxyStef Posts: 15,268 Member
    Thank you. They're coming in around the 2000.

    Thank you. I'm thinking 2000 on normal days and allowance for more on cycling days. He'll use up about 1500 calories cycling each time.

    Thank you. Very good point about timescale. I have more to lose than he does, so he'll probably match it to mine.

    Thank you. I don't think he'd like 1500 a day... :sad:

    Yah...AMA I believe (at least the Canadian one does) suggests lowest for a man is 1800...so definately not 1500...I lose 1lb a week on 1600...
  • MrsMizart
    MrsMizart Posts: 1,275 Member
    Thank you. It did seem odd! He looks happier at the thought of the 2000 :bigsmile: