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    Smile Is the Mifflin St Jeor formula still one of the best ways to get a BMR estimation?

    Hey guys!

    Are there any more accurate formulas to calculate BMR or is this still the best for making an estimation?
    I know its not perfect and requires tweaks over time but I've gotten access to a gym again and want to make sure I'm starting in the best place I can with my nutrition in check.

    Just to refresh my memory Ill need to

    -Get my BMR
    -Multiply by activity level
    -Reduce by about 500 calories give or take for a cut
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    -Add 500 Calories give or take for a bulk

    Is this correct or am I forgetting something?

    Thanks for any and all information!
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    use any reasonable TDEE calculator, then run that number for two weeks and see what happens
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    Originally Posted by KitRii View Post
    I know its not perfect and requires tweaks over time but I've gotten access to a gym again and want to make sure I'm starting in the best place I can with my nutrition in check.
    If you actually do this then the calculator result doesn't matter.
    I can tell time. Time cannot tell me.

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    Originally Posted by TolerantLactose View Post
    If you actually do this then the calculator result doesn't matter.
    Yea the formula/calculator is more for a starting point. Tomorrow I'm about 2 weeks in based off of a Mifflin St Jeor Calculator but I originally weighed myself on an old scale that gives a different weight every time you step on it so I have a new scale being delivered tomorrow and itll be time to decide is I need to adjust.
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    Originally Posted by faithbrah View Post
    use any reasonable TDEE calculator, then run that number for two weeks and see what happens
    Yea thats where I started but all calculators have different formulas so I was just wondering if there were a new gold standard. I think Im good and thanks for the advice!
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    Originally Posted by KitRii View Post
    Yea thats where I started but all calculators have different formulas so I was just wondering if there were a new gold standard. I think Im good and thanks for the advice!
    There is no gold standard because all calculators have an activity level variable which is very vague and arbitrary
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    Originally Posted by cmacken View Post
    There is no gold standard because all calculators have an activity level variable which is very vague and arbitrary
    ^ Came in to say this.

    Collecting real data about how your body responds to a given calorie level is the real gold standard for weight management.
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    Originally Posted by KitRii View Post
    Yea thats where I started but all calculators have different formulas so I was just wondering if there were a new gold standard. I think Im good and thanks for the advice!
    The gold standard is, and always has been, your own actual results.
    I can tell time. Time cannot tell me.

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    It doesn't matter which method you use as they're all just guesstimates. That coupled with the inevitable miscounting of calories and inaccurate tracking and It's all just throwing darts at a dartboard. Pick a reasonable number and review progress or lack of it in 3 weeks and adjust accordingly.
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