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What is the average number of calories burned by an inactive person?

Asked by SSS911 (75 points ) December 29th, 2013

Every morning I walk between 2 & 3 miles. The rest of the day I don’t do very much at all. Mostly just watch TV and fiddle around on the computer. I weigh 200 lbs., 5’ 11” in height and I am 63 years old and retired. I watch my weight very carefully as I am trying to lose 20–25 lbs. Question being..how many calories does the average Joe like me lose in a 24 hour period less an hour walking?

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Pachy's avatar

I more or less match your age and physical description and consider myself a fairly inactive person, though I do walk briskly for a half an hour to 45 minutes on a gym track 6 days a week. According to my activity tracking device (fitbit), I’m burning between 2500 and 3200 a day. I try to watch my calorie intake but am not on any kind of diet. Give or take a few pounds, my weight remains fairly constant. To lose weight, I have to cut my calorie intake to around 1500.

livelaughlove21's avatar

This was all calculated based on your sex, age, height, and weight.

Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is 1726. That’s how many calories your body would burn each day if you were lying in bed in a coma.

With a mostly sedentary, but still semi-mobile lifestyle, such as that of a couch potato or a person with a desk job, your body burns 2071 calories per day.

If you’re walking 3 miles per day at 3mph, you’re burning about 200 calories per day in exercise.

So, your TDEE (the amount of calories you burn each day) is probably about 2200 calories.

If you want to lose weight at the rate of 1–2 lbs per week without changing your lifestyle, you should be eating about 1700 calories per day. I would not go any lower than that.

SSS911's avatar

I just think I wanna see immediate results by not eating. And, I weigh myself every morning. Both are wrong I know. My resolution for the New Year is to weigh myself on Mondays only, and make salads a big part of my life.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@SSS911 “I just think I wanna see immediate results by not eating.”

Yeah, that’s called starving. Not good. Thin does necessarily mean healthy – why would you choose to be unhealthy by starving yourself when you can get results by eating?

mattbrowne's avatar

It’s easy to memorize this number: 100 watts per person while resting

Now you only need to convert calories and joules.

GloPro's avatar

I think you should listen to @livelaughlove21. When I am active I actually struggle to eat enough, because I’m full and feel like I’ve been eating all day. It’s all about choosing a healthy diet an planning your meals. If you are retired and fiddle around the house all day it should be very easy to meal plan and follow it. I eat 6 times a day… And I have to drink protein shakes just to hit my goals on caloric intake and protein consumption.
The worst possible thing to do is starve your body. Be nice to your body, it’s the only one you have and you want it to last!
Congrats, by the way, for taking that 3 mile walk every day. That’s good for body and soul. Maybe you could consider stretching or light yoga (yes, a 63 year old man can do yoga, and learn easily) while watching TV? No one says you just have to sit there. At your age you need to stretch your body regularly, and that TV time is a great time to do it. Stretching is moving, and moving keeps thy metabolism revved up, which will help you with fat burning.

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