Must. Eat. More.

According to my FitBit, I burn around 2200 calories on any given day when I don’t run based merely on my life as a pedestrian. That number goes up by about 1000 on days where I run. On days I don’t run I lift weights which probably tacks on another 500 calories to that 2200. So lets call it ~3000 calories/day for my average daily calorie burn.1

For shits and giggles I calculated how many calories I’ll consume today based on the lunch and dinner I packed and my usual array of snacks throughput the day: 2204. That’s 800 calories shy of my 3000 maintenance level, and 1300 less than my goal of 500-over-maintenance if I’m trying to gain muscle mass. I seem to rediscover this over and over.

On the plus side, my protein intake is about in line with what I’m needing — I just need to up the calorie count.

1 The OCD person in me is cringing at all of the hand-wavy estimations in these numbers, but I’m rolling with it.

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3 thoughts on “Must. Eat. More.”

  1. Folks are Unique, and your body gives feedback.

    Hey Casey, I think you’re focusing too much on just calorie counts..

    From your other posts it seems you’re wanting to gain muscle mass. AFAIK a big portion of this is making sure you have enough glucose after working out, since that is one of the keys for building muscle. Perhaps you need to add a package of Oreos to your post workout shake?

    That being said, your body has this wonderful feedback mechanism called hunger that makes sure you get enough calories. Listen to it.

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    1. Re: Folks are Unique, and your body gives feedback.

      But Nick, I’m always hungry. If I ate every time I was hungry I’d weigh more, but probably not in the way I want!

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      1. Re: Folks are Unique, and your body gives feedback.

        Hrm, you shouldn’t always be hungry. I’d try more consistent snacking… Either that or this may be worth chatting with a doctor/nutritionist about.

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