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Default Trying to estimate maintenance

In trying to estimate my maintenance calories, I've hit a bit of a snag; I can't decide what activity range I should put myself in (using Lyle's maintenance calculator from the RFL book). Just thought I'd ask and get some opinions.

Monday: 1 hour walking/jogging (appx. 4 miles)
Tuesday: 1 hour karate, 1-1.5 hours lifting (roughly 30-40 sets total)
Wednesday: 1 hour walking/jogging
Thursday: 1 hour walking/jogging
Friday: 1 hour karate, 1-1.5 hours lifting (same as Tuesday)

I'm a student, so I'm up and around a lot of the day, and I bike around campus for the most part; I'd say 2-3 miles a day on the bike.

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I'd say very active.

More importantly though, as Lyle says, these numbers are just estimates. If you want to get more precise try this: Set your caloric intake at a reasonable number considering your weight and activity level, then monintor weight changes for two or three weeks. If weight goes down add two-hundred calories to the number. If it goes up, subtract two-hundred. Assuming your activity stays roughly the same, you should find your maintenance in a few weeks. This may seem tedious, but in my opinion, it is the best way to get a true maintenance number.

Best of luck.

Edit: Perhaps Moderately active, however, the rest still applies.
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Bingo, moderately active and adjust based on real world changes.
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I'd say very active.

More importantly though, as Lyle says, these numbers are just estimates. If you want to get more precise try this: Set your caloric intake at a reasonable number considering your weight and activity level, then monintor weight changes for two or three weeks. If weight goes down add two-hundred calories to the number. If it goes up, subtract two-hundred. Assuming your activity stays roughly the same, you should find your maintenance in a few weeks. This may seem tedious, but in my opinion, it is the best way to get a true maintenance number.

Best of luck.

Edit: Perhaps Moderately active, however, the rest still applies.
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Bingo, moderately active and adjust based on real world changes.
Thanks. So 14 cals/lb is a reasonable starting point?
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will be a bit higher on the double training days but that should be a sufficient STARTING POINT.
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will be a bit higher on the double training days but that should be a sufficient STARTING POINT.
Excellent, thanks.

One more slightly unrelated question. Is all that activity okay on a TKD provided that I'm getting adequate pre-WO carbs? Last year my buddy and I did a low-carb diet (before I had discovered this site) without having any pre-WO carbs and our weights both stalled after a while. Guess that could have been the fact that we weren't counting calories, though. Damn Atkins. My question remains, though.
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