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What is my activity level? Daily calorie expenditure?

By February 29, 2012 - 4:38am
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I'm a 16 year-old female student, 106 pounds and 5'1" in height. To make this really specific, I'm gonna give a breakdown of my activities:

Intake: 1500 calories
15 minutes of walking (brisk pace)
20 minutes of walking (leisurely pace)
30 minutes of calisthenics (moderate effort)
20 minutes of weight training (1 pound dumbells, 6 routines, 3 sets each, 16 reps per set, light effort)
Sleep: 5 1/2 hours

Saturday and Sunday

Intake: 1700 calories
50 minutes of jogging (interval)
30 minutes of calisthenics (moderate effort)
20 minutes of weight training (1 pound dumbells, 6 routines, 3 sets each, 16 reps per set, light effort)
Sleep: 8 Hours

And after everything, I'm still very much confused what my "activity level" is. Light? Moderate? I'm sure I'm not "Very Active" since I'm just a student. And how much calories should I consume daily to (a) maintain my weight and (b) lose one pound a week? I'm stuck in a plateau but I still want to lose about 2 pounds. I'm currently transitioning to 2 pound weights.

My deepest gratitude to anyone who sheds light on my dilemma. Thank you and more power.

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Welcome back. It might be good to discuss this with your doctor and he might referred you to a physician that specializes on weight loss.
March 1, 2012 - 5:25am
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Hi sardonyxmemoirs,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  You sound like you are very active.  Most women don't exercise daily especially at your age.  Losing two pounds shouldn't be that difficult especially being young.  Fluid retention can also be causing you to be in a plateau.  It might be good to see your doctor and explain to him what you are trying to achieve and not being able to.

Here is a link that might be helpful





February 29, 2012 - 5:32am
(reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for your comment. I do think that, relative to my peers, I am quite active. I've lost about 20 pounds since I started working out, but this isn't that encouraging when I see that 90% of my schoolmates are skinny and all they eat are sugar-laden drinks and cookies and pasta and chips. Personally, I prefer my relatively more voluptuous figure, but still, one can't help but envy their inhuman metabolism sometimes. They eat, like, 2000 empty calories daily and they don't work out or play any sport. How can they be thinner than me?! I'm just consoling myself by thinking that I probably have a higher muscle mass than they do or that I must be at least healthier...but even that I can't be sure of. What I'm sure of is that it doesn't make me look any better in a bikini.

One more thing that really bothers me is my fat percentage. I've been weight training and doing cardio for three months now, and still, my WHR is high (my hip measures 33" and my waist an alarming 26.5"). At the rate I'm going now, I'm losing inches on my breasts faster than on my waist. What can I possibly do about this?

March 1, 2012 - 3:47am
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