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    Activity factor & counting calories

    Hi, what would be the most accurate activity factor to choose when calculating calories? I read you should choose sedentary because the other options messes up a bit and then just work from there.
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    Work out roughly how many calories you have been eating up to now. Pick a calorie level from that and track what your weigh does. Adjust up or down as necessary.
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    I always try to warn people not to overestimate their activity level when they're calculating their TDEE. The descriptions for each multiplier can be misleading. For instance, if you have a sedentary desk job but work out hard for an hour each weekday, you might be tempted to go with the 1.55X multiplier designated for people who do "moderate exercise 3-5 days per week," since you're technically exercising 5 days out of the week. However, in reality, your overall activity level is much closer to that associated with the 1.2X "sedentary" multiplier because the majority of your day is spent sitting down or barely moving. In the end, they are all just estimates anyway. Pick the one you feel is the most accurate and eat at a deficit based on the TDEE it gives you, tracking your weight from week to week. If you drop weight at a reasonable pace from week to week, you're on the right track. If not, then you need to decrease your daily calorie intake in small increments until weekly weight loss occurs.
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    Put sedentary as activity factor and from there you figure out your maintenance. If the majority of your day is spent standing then add 50 calories x hour. If you run 550 calories x hour. Weight lifting 50-100 calories x hour.
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    Calculators suck. They have a huge margin of error.

    People guessing their activity levels also suck and has a large margin of lying.

    Track what you eat, then increase/decrease from that. Way more accurate and way less lying to yourself.
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