View Full Version : Need a BF estimation to try to calculate TDDE

05-20-2012, 12:29 PM
I'm still pretty fat but I am currently doing a summer cut to try to get off as much fat as possible off of me. Im still playing with calories to try to figure out exactly what will be the best for me. I was thinking of eating 1800 cals on rest days and 2200 on workout days. I will be lifting 3 days per week. What do you think my current BF% is? I am 6' 4" and 224 lbs, the calipers said 27%. Also based on this, what would you estimate my TDEE to be? I lift for about 1 hour 3 days per week, other than that I don't do much.

05-21-2012, 05:12 AM
25% bf to 33%. Sorry I cant be precise. Someone else could easily be 25% while you could be 33% on that pic. It depends on bone size etc

05-21-2012, 05:23 AM
the calories you suggested would be very low for your weight i would think

05-21-2012, 06:05 AM
24-25% sounds about right based on how you carry it.

BF% can be pretty hard to estimate though, especially when tall. I just found out I am a lot lower than anyone including myself ever thought I was.

Go get a Hydrostatic Test done, if you really want to know, it will give you a more accurate reading than calipers and tell you your exact BF% plus you will get your RMR(Resting Metabolic Rate) or in other words - how many calories you burn if you were to just sit on your ass all day. Also lets you measure whether you are dropping fat or muscle when you re-test.

You will probably end up having to do something closer to 2200-2300 calories on non-training days and 2600-2700 calories on training days to maintain a healthy deficit. If you are not working out heavily and don't require a ton of energy or much recovery however the larger deficit that you suggested may benefit you.

05-21-2012, 06:09 AM
Don't get too hung up on your current BF%. I think 1800-2000 calories is fine on your cut. Just be consistent. Tweak after 3 weeks if need be.

05-21-2012, 07:31 AM
1800/2200 rest/work sounds fine with a 3 day workout week. If you don't see any progress after a few weeks, drop to 1700/2100 and give it a few more weeks, etc.

05-21-2012, 08:23 AM