View Full Version : Do I really need about 3300 calories!?!?!

05-18-2008, 09:13 PM
I'm 6'7" and 220 pounds now...trying to cut a little excess body fat. Maintenance calorie calcuators are saying I need about 3800 calories to maintain my weight. From what I understand I want to go about 500 under this, so I'm looking at 3300 calories per day to cut, right? Seems like an awful lot of calories to lose weight.

05-18-2008, 11:13 PM
Calories in food can add up very quickly, but in general the minus 500 calories off your maintenance will work. It'll be slow at about 1 lb of weightloss a week. Exercising of course can help speed things up. When going on a cut, I'll subtract 1000 calories off maintenance to see more rapid results, being sure to get a refeed or cheat every so often to keep my body guessing.

05-19-2008, 12:01 AM
Sometimes the calculators are very wrong. I'd start at about 12x bodyweight, monitor weekly. If you lose too fast, then up the calories by 300, increase only once per week so you can monitor each one.

05-19-2008, 01:59 AM
3300 is not that much, I am bulking on that right now and i am still always hungry, but i am seeing gains so i will stick with it. You will be fine with 3300, it just sounds like a lot, but once you start doing it it wont seem like that much. Just give it a try and if you dont see results after a week, then increase cardio or reduce cals by another 250.

05-19-2008, 04:15 AM
I can maintain on far fewer calories than those calculators say. But I can also gain without having to eat 4-5,000 calories too.

05-19-2008, 05:32 AM
Put it this way. To get some of the football players on our team to gain muscle we had them on a 7,000 calorie a day diet. They were not gaining fat. You are a very tall man. 3,300 isn't much really. I wish I could eat that and cut =( lucky bastard.

Also, make sure your calculations are correct.


Basal Energy Expenditure, Exercise Induced Thermogenesis, Diet Induced Thermogenesis

Look these up and recalculate.