How seriously does one take MFPs caloric intake suggestions?
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Like others have said, it's an estimate. mfp put me at about 1650 for maintanence, but I found it's really closer to 1750. You'll probably need to experiment a little. This goes for the macros that mfp sets also. The macro ratios they set automatically are not what works best for everyone.0

The MFP numbers have been working for me. Everyone is different.0

I used Body Bugg (the armband and the food diary software) for over a year.
I've lost more weight on MFP by taking the low calorie goal very seriously. Like others said, I find it freaking me out every day when I see "300 calories left" but I also find I'm really NOT hungry and need more than that.
Yeah, it's low. Yeah, you get results. Why not take it seriously?0 
other sites include your exercise in your caloric intake. MFP ignores them which is why you should eat them back if you follow MFPs caloric intake guideline.
Another thing to consider is that other sites give you a deficit of 20% whereas with MFP you choose the deficit based on your weekly weight loss goal (which most people set too aggressively)
If you enter an appropriate weekly weight loss goal and eat back your exercise calories based on MFP's intake, then either way should get you close to the same number of calories consumed for the week.
As an example say MFP gives you 1450 calories to lose 1 lb/week, and you plan on exercising 5x/week for an average of 400 cals per workout. well MFP will tell you to eat 1450 on the days you don't workout and 1850 on the days you do whereas a one of the other sites may tell you to eat 1700 everyday regardless if you workout or not.
So for the week MFP will have you eat 12,150 (1450*2+1850*5) whereas doing it the other way will have you eat 11,900 (1700*7) almost the same number of cals for the week (250 dif).
What many MFPers do is take the low 1450 and not eat back exercise calories which is wrong, if you are not eating them back then your daily activity level should reflect the higher burn with would be covered in the 1700/day above.0 
MFP puts me at 1500 net for 2lbs a week, I stopped losing weight at 1500 so I bumped it up to 1800. I also stopped losing weight @ 1800 after awhile, I am now set at 2000 calories/day and I eat back all my exercise calories and I'm still losing 2lbs per week.
Experiment and see what works for you!0 
In my opinion, you have to find what works for you, a balance with nutrition and exercise. MFP says I should eat 1200 cal/day. I have a desk job 85, If I do, I DO NOT loose, I generally keep mine between 10001100..... I think age has ALOT to do with it too, the older you are, the harder it is to loose b/c your metabolism is slower.....
GOOD LUCK!
Gayle0 
Try this and see what you get.
For WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x Weight in pounds)+(4.7 x Height in inches)  (4.7x Age)= BMR The amount of calories your body burns just from being alive
FOR MEN: 66+(6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches)  ( 6.8 age in years)= BMR. that amount of calories you burn just from being alive.
Step 2: Take that number and multiply by your activity level:
1.2 Sedentary (little to no exercise)
1.375 Lightly Active (13 days a week)
1.55 Moderately Active (35 days a week)
1.7 Very Active (67 days a week)
Step 3:
LOSE weight: Subtract 500
MAINTAIN weight: keep the number the same
GAIN weight: Add 500
The final number is the amount of calories you should eat a day 8)
This is the answer.
Then I guess MFP is accurate for me. These calculations give me 1203.625 for losing and MFP has me at 1200.
The only issue I would have with both hear are is that you have less than 10lbs to lose so your weekly weight loss goal to lose a small amount of weight should be 0.5lbs/week, and using the other site you should subtract 250, or eat 85% of the maintenance amount.0 
You are supposed to eat back the exercise calories on top of that number. MFP doesn't include what you burn durning exercise.0

i use it as a general guide...none of the numbers are going to be accurate but atleast it gives me a general idea of where im at....i dont get into all the stuff about tdees and bqts and xyz's i just find what works and keep doing it and usually see great results as long as i stay focused0

Try this and see what you get.
For WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x Weight in pounds)+(4.7 x Height in inches)  (4.7x Age)= BMR The amount of calories your body burns just from being alive
FOR MEN: 66+(6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches)  ( 6.8 age in years)= BMR. that amount of calories you burn just from being alive.
Step 2: Take that number and multiply by your activity level:
1.2 Sedentary (little to no exercise)
1.375 Lightly Active (13 days a week)
1.55 Moderately Active (35 days a week)
1.7 Very Active (67 days a week)
Step 3:
LOSE weight: Subtract 500
MAINTAIN weight: keep the number the same
GAIN weight: Add 500
The final number is the amount of calories you should eat a day 8)
This is the answer.
Then I guess MFP is accurate for me. These calculations give me 1203.625 for losing and MFP has me at 1200.
The only issue I would have with both hear are is that you have less than 10lbs to lose so your weekly weight loss goal to lose a small amount of weight should be 0.5lbs/week, and using the other site you should subtract 250, or eat 85% of the maintenance amount.
I should add, I'm 4'11 with a small frame, and I'm not very active. I am a firm believer that size has a lot to do with it also. I steadily gain if I get 1400 or more each day. But, I've finally found what works for me so I'm running with it as long as its working and getting me closer to my goal.0 
I've adjusted mine, because I wasn't losing any weight. There are all kinds of weight loss calculators out there that can give you alternatives.0

I have followed the calorie requirement pretty closely and have only dropped 3 pounds in the first week and nothing since. I can't imagine going under 1200 calories, but not sure if I am on the right track.....any suggestions?
Suggestions are easier if you make your diary public.0 
Try this and see what you get.
For WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x Weight in pounds)+(4.7 x Height in inches)  (4.7x Age)= BMR The amount of calories your body burns just from being alive
FOR MEN: 66+(6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches)  ( 6.8 age in years)= BMR. that amount of calories you burn just from being alive.
Step 2: Take that number and multiply by your activity level:
1.2 Sedentary (little to no exercise)
1.375 Lightly Active (13 days a week)
1.55 Moderately Active (35 days a week)
1.7 Very Active (67 days a week)
Step 3:
LOSE weight: Subtract 500
MAINTAIN weight: keep the number the same
GAIN weight: Add 500
The final number is the amount of calories you should eat a day 8)
Are you sure the last part of your equation is correct (minus 4.7 X my Age)???? when I use that I get 581 calories for maintenance and 443 for weight loss
I Think the last part of the formula should be added not subtracted. :smooched:0 
Try this and see what you get.
For WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x Weight in pounds)+(4.7 x Height in inches)  (4.7x Age)= BMR The amount of calories your body burns just from being alive
FOR MEN: 66+(6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches)  ( 6.8 age in years)= BMR. that amount of calories you burn just from being alive.
Step 2: Take that number and multiply by your activity level:
1.2 Sedentary (little to no exercise)
1.375 Lightly Active (13 days a week)
1.55 Moderately Active (35 days a week)
1.7 Very Active (67 days a week)
Step 3:
LOSE weight: Subtract 500
MAINTAIN weight: keep the number the same
GAIN weight: Add 500
The final number is the amount of calories you should eat a day 8)
Are you sure the last part of your equation is correct (minus 4.7 X my Age)???? when I use that I get 581 calories for maintenance and 443 for weight loss
I Think the last part of the formula should be added not subtracted. :smooched:
I think you did that calc. wrong. Did you forget to add the 655?
What is your age, height and weight?
As an example a woman that is 50 years old 5' (60inches), 150lbs would get
655 + (4.35 x Weight in pounds)+(4.7 x Height in inches)  (4.7x Age)=
655+(4.35*150)+4.7*604.7*50 = 655+652.5+282235 = 1354.5 as a BMR and if they were light active that would give you maintenance of (1354.5*1.375) 1862.4 so to lose 1 lb/week your intake would be 1362 (1862500).
I would suggest instead of subtracting 500 cals though, that you eat 80% of the 1862 instead which would be 1490 in this case. Much more realistic deficit.0 
Try this and see what you get.
For WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x Weight in pounds)+(4.7 x Height in inches)  (4.7x Age)= BMR The amount of calories your body burns just from being alive
FOR MEN: 66+(6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches)  ( 6.8 age in years)= BMR. that amount of calories you burn just from being alive.
Step 2: Take that number and multiply by your activity level:
1.2 Sedentary (little to no exercise)
1.375 Lightly Active (13 days a week)
1.55 Moderately Active (35 days a week)
1.7 Very Active (67 days a week)
Step 3:
LOSE weight: Subtract 500
MAINTAIN weight: keep the number the same
GAIN weight: Add 500
The final number is the amount of calories you should eat a day 8)
Are you sure the last part of your equation is correct (minus 4.7 X my Age)???? when I use that I get 581 calories for maintenance and 443 for weight loss
I Think the last part of the formula should be added not subtracted. :smooched:
ooooooooooooppppppssssss!!!! I forgot to add the 655.....My Bad. :ohwell:0 
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I would suggest instead of subtracting 500 cals though, that you eat 80% of the 1862 instead which would be 1490 in this case. Much more realistic deficit.
^ This. % of TDEE will factor in your current size. Flat reduction (500) does not, and for very obese or very small people it doesn't give reasonable intakes.0 
I AGREE! Do the 80% instead.
Don't subtract 500 cals.0 
I have followed the calorie requirement pretty closely and have only dropped 3 pounds in the first week and nothing since. I can't imagine going under 1200 calories, but not sure if I am on the right track.....any suggestions?
Ditto! I am eating 1500 calories and a 100 or so more when I exercise but still not losing weight..ough I have lost CMOS from round my waist I think I need to change my macros but not sure how to!0 
Try this and see what you get.
For WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x Weight in pounds)+(4.7 x Height in inches)  (4.7x Age)= BMR The amount of calories your body burns just from being alive
FOR MEN: 66+(6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches)  ( 6.8 age in years)= BMR. that amount of calories you burn just from being alive.
Step 2: Take that number and multiply by your activity level:
1.2 Sedentary (little to no exercise)
1.375 Lightly Active (13 days a week)
1.55 Moderately Active (35 days a week)
1.7 Very Active (67 days a week)
Step 3:
LOSE weight: Subtract 500
MAINTAIN weight: keep the number the same
GAIN weight: Add 500
The final number is the amount of calories you should eat a day 8)
This is the answer.
Not for it me ain't! The formula above gives me 945!! And the 80% one gives me 1156... Will stick with my 1500..I am loosing slowly on that!0
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