So, I'm trying to figure out a few things about my daily calorie limit.
1. The 'energy needs calculator' on this site tells me that to maintain my current weight, I need to consume 3922 calories per day. A while ago, someone told me that to lose weight, I should subtract 500 from this amount, making it 3422 a day.
Is this correct, or am I getting it wrong? The same person also told me to use the following formula to determine a daily calorie intake to stick to in order to lose weight...
(weight in pounds) X 14 - 500 = maximum daily calories to lose weight.
However, if I follow this formula, the result tells me that I can consume 4050 calories a day to lose weight...a big difference from 3422!
So, what is the answer? If I want to lose weight, how many calories should I consume a day?
Now, this is where I'm having a lot of trouble understanding things - burning off those calories.
2. In my naivety (or stupidity) I assumed that whatever calories I consumed, I had to burn off. So, if I consumed 3422 calories a day, I would need to do enough exercise per day to burn off 3422 calories.
Another friend told me that this was incorrect, and that it would be impossible to do this every day. They also told me that even if I just sat around all day, I would still burn calories. What they didn't tell me is how I can calculate how many calories I should burn off every day.
Can anyone tell me a way to calculate how many calories I should be burning per day, and if there is a way to calculate how many calories are burnt during my chosen exercise? For example, I was told that walking burns approximately 280 calories an hour.
Now, if anyone out there can - and is willing to - answer these questions for me, keep this in mind - I am really quite thick! I need things explained to me in extremely simple terms. So, imagine you're trying to explain things to a 5 year old when answering these questions!
Thanks for taking time to read this, and I hope someone can help me!