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Is this a good calorie calculator to use?

danb222 Posts: 1
edited October 2014 in Goal: Maintaining Weight
Hi guys, i am trying to figure out how many calories to consume a day, i am 19 years old, 148-150 pounds, 5 foot 9 inches tall. - if anyone has any tips for me as well i would be grateful, cheers Dan


  • funchords
    funchords Posts: 413 Member
    Using my stats, it looks a little generous on the calories. Try this one and compare:

    MFP will also calculate your target for you. You don't need to use a third-party calculator unless you really want to.
  • TheStephil
    TheStephil Posts: 858 Member
    It looks a bit high to me. I recommend doing a google search for TDEE and put your stats into about 5-6 then take the average. Thats what I did.
  • LeonCX
    LeonCX Posts: 862 Member
    Here is one an MFP member created that a lot of people like:
  • nxd10
    nxd10 Posts: 4,570 Member
    MFP's works well for me. Why don't you try that, log here, and see how it goes? You can manually adjust from there. We're all a little different, and that's true with any calculator you use. One major difference between this one and other ones is that this one assumes you will add in and eat your exercise calories. So it will give you a base of (for example) 2000 calories and, if you run 600 calories worth, MFP expects you to log that exercise and eat 2600 calories. Other calculators don't. You put an estimate of your activity level and eat that every day. It seems to me that people who have very regular schedules like the latter. Those of us who vary exercise a lot day to day (or are more conservative), like the MFP method. It's up to you.

    BTW, one of my son's is almost your age, and uses a fitbit zip ($49), which syncs with his phone and adds his exercise calories into MFP. It works well to give him a good estimate.
  • j4nash
    j4nash Posts: 1,719 Member
    I like IIFYM, seems to be the most accurate, however, personal trial and error is the best way.