Wednesday, February 11, 2015

They All Ask'd For You

So I definitely wanted to cover RMR again today, because a reader pointed out to me that the formula I posted yesterday for Resting Metabolic Rate was not about weight maintenance so much as it was about basic bodily needs, and that eating below that number could be very dangerous.  I wanted to dig into this since I never want to put out information that could be harmful!  So this is the Women's Health blurb in question, just so we're all on the same page:

The wording is a bit vague so there is definitely cause for confusion, but the information also seems to be dead wrong since I looked online at several other sites, and they do indeed say that RMR is your basic bodily caloric needs.  I used a couple of other RMR calculators online and they gave me roughly the same number that this formula did, so I don't think there is another RMR Women's Health was referring to.  So in other words, this little blurb could potentially be pretty dangerous if read with the wrong mentality.  In other words, someone could think "eating below it" means to eat drastically below it, and that is definitely not healthy.

I think you guys know my stance on calories.  I refuse to net at the typical 1,200 a day that seems to be the traditional number we're told to strive for.  1,200 leaves me famished and angry pretty much all of the time, and I think that's the case for most people.  You're pretty much set up for failure and extreme grouchiness at 1,200, but that is my personal opinion.  If you add exercise on top of that, even if you eat back what you burn you're going to be hungry and tired.  Right now I try to net at 1,500 per day, and I am going to test going up to netting 1,800 once my marathon training kicks in since I know I will be very hungry and need more fuel during those months.  I personally feel that you should never feel like you're starving, even and especially if you're in the process of losing weight.

I tweeted Women's Health to ask them to clarify their blurb, especially if it's information that could potentially be harmful.  We'll see if they answer me!   If they do I will post their response.  In the meantime, here are a couple of interesting links that I found on RMR that explain it without the medical jargon:

I hope that clarifies things (it certainly did for me).  Bottom line is, listen to your body, don't starve and don't over restrict calories because it's really shitty for your body.  And we love our bodies so we don't want to be shitty to them!  I personally have had to play around over the years to find a good number for me to lose weight at while still feeling human.  I would recommend starting netting 1,500 to 1,600 a day and go from there.  I know people who are able to net as high as 1,800-2,000 a day and still lose weight, but they are doing much harder workouts than me!

Speaking of not being nice to our bodies, our outing with out ex-coworkers last night at Buffalo Wild Wings was really fun.  There was one guy who I hadn't seen in about 5-6 years, so it was nice to catch up with everyone.  Tons of laughs and tons of "remember this crazy person" stories.  It made me sad and nostalgic for the beginning years at my old job when it was super fun and everyone was very close.  I should have taken a picture of all of us I guess, but boys are never very hot on the selfie thing.  ;)  I had the naked chicken tenders and a side garden salad, plus two beers.  Dinner of champions, clearly.  It was definitely nice to leave BWW and not feel like I'd made poor life decisions, which is usually how I feel 15 minutes after eating their wings.  If I find myself there again I'm definitely just going to stick with the naked tenders and be about my way.

I can't believe Mardi Gras is less than a week away!  We have our Mardi Gras ball this weekend and I'm pretty excited about it, I have to admit that I feel a little homesick during this time of year.  I miss a lot of the traditions, and I really mostly miss the music.  (Okay, and the king cake.  I miss the king cake.)  I thought I'd post some Mardi Gras songs this week, starting with one of my favorites of all time by The Meters.  I defy you to not dance when you hear this.  :)


  1. I went on down to the Audubon Zoo
    And they all asked for you
    They all asked for you
    (For who?)

    Well, they even inquired about you
    I went on down to the Audubon Zoo
    And they all asked for you

    The monkeys asked
    The tigers asked
    And the elephant asked me too

    Ok sorry. The story of my life is "OH, LOOK! A tangent!"

    Yea, I feel like around 1500 is a good compromise for me calorie wise. Anything less and I'm ravenous. Hope you get an answer back on that!

    1. That song is the best! I just love it. I'll post a few more this week, of course I"m sure you're sick of it. ;) This was always the time of year where it's like "Okay Mardi Gras Mambo never needs to happen again".

  2. I keep my calories around 1600-1700 a day. On days when I work out, especially if it's a long run on my training calendar, I will up my calories a bit the night before and then the day off. Not too much, but I make sure I get plenty of eat because I usually run int he morning and nobody's got time to fuel in the morning. unless that fuel is coffee.
    I'm with you, I can't do this if I am starving all the time. What a miserable way to live! Not gonna happen!