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Confused about calories
Confused about calories
1/24/13 5:34 PM
Hi all,

Finished p90x with no eating plan (and no weight loss, though i gained enormous strentgh) and just started Turbo Fire with a healthy eating plan but one thing is confusing me. What is my caloric intake supposed to be?

I'm 5'11" medium build, 34, 180lbs and 37% body fat

Online calculations suggest I burn anywhere from 1300 to 1600 calories a day and I imagine Turbo fire burns 200 a day, so I figured a 1600 calorie diet would be correct. However some people on this forum have suggested I need as much is 2600 calories. Meanwhile the eating plan that came with my turbo fire set suggests eating very low, like 1250-1400. So which is it???
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RE: Confused about calories
1/24/13 5:47 PM as a reply to ElizabethK78.
ElizabethK78:
Hi all,

Finished p90x with no eating plan (and no weight loss, though i gained enormous strentgh) and just started Turbo Fire with a healthy eating plan but one thing is confusing me. What is my caloric intake supposed to be?

I'm 5'11" medium build, 34, 180lbs and 37% body fat

Online calculations suggest I burn anywhere from 1300 to 1600 calories a day and I imagine Turbo fire burns 200 a day, so I figured a 1600 calorie diet would be correct. However some people on this forum have suggested I need as much is 2600 calories. Meanwhile the eating plan that came with my turbo fire set suggests eating very low, like 1250-1400. So which is it???


Elizabeth
I don't know your normal days activities but I would have to ask a few questions about what those numers are. Before workout? after? I calculate for you to lose weight you should be about 2000 and then whatever calories you burn in your workout on top of that. I also highly recommend a heart rate monitor to dial it in! Let me know if I helpedemoticon
How do you like Turbo Fire?
Amy
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RE: Confused about calories
1/24/13 6:12 PM as a reply to ElizabethK78.
@ElizabethK78 - The TurboFire calorie burn will vary based on the workout (shorter workouts = less calories burned). I think the intensity of TurboFire is fairly close to that of Les Mills Combat from what I've seen, so you should be burning anywhere from 300-700 calories per workout.

Using an average of 500 calories/day over the course of a week and your body stats, I calculate your maintenance calorie intake (what to eat to stay at the same weight while working out) to be about 2400 calories (using the Harris-Benedict, Mifflin et al. and Katch-McArdle formulas). Taking away 5-600 calories/day to lose around 1lb/week, that puts you at eating around 1800-1900 calories/day while doing the TurboFire program. You wouldn't want to go any lower than 1600 to stay above your RMR (what your body needs to survive if you laid in bed all day).

If you did the kickstarter diet for TurboFire, then 1200-1400 would be reasonable, but for no more than one week tops, and follow the diet plan closely.

I'd also definitely recommend a good HRM, it'll quickly give you feedback to let you know if you're in the right heart rate zone and if not to either pick up the intensity or slow it down.
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RE: Confused about calories
1/24/13 6:19 PM as a reply to ElizabethK78.
OK I think I understand this a little more. Thank you for clarifying. Do you recommend a particular HR monitor?

Amy- I'm one week in a like it a lot! I have unusually low stamina in aerobic/plyometric workouts and feel this will be a fun way to make some gains in that area. However, I'm doubtful this schedule can retain the muscle I developed in my shoulders, chest and back doing p90x, so that's a bummer. I guess I'll just have to do Chalene Extreme after Turbo Fire ;)
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RE: Confused about calories
1/24/13 7:05 PM as a reply to ElizabethK78.
Elizabeth-
Have you thought of a hybrid? Maybe mixing the turbofire with p90x? Turbofire should definately help with your endurance, and not to mention fun music and the moves are fun and she is super high energy! If I can suggest, as far as HR monitor I fully feel that the ones that have a chest strap are the best, at least most accurateemoticon
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