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Pete: SNAP Challenge – Gaining fitness

Day 2 so far so good. I ate a PB& J sandwich and a banana for breakfast.

Lunch will probably be pasta and some left over ragu.

Dinner will be 2 cups of rice with sweet chili sauce.

For those of you who don’t know me. I like to work out on a regular basis. which means I ususally work out 5-6 times a week. One thing I never considered before I accepted the terms of the SNAP challenge was how was my diet going to affect my workouts. I’m going to monitor my weight and how I feel during and after my workouts.

Basic info:
Height: 6’2″
Weight 186 lbs
Age: 25
Gender: male

My Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is 1994.58. What does BMR mean? BMR means the number of calories my body burns if I were to stay in bed all day. The BMR formula uses Height, Weight, Age, and Gender to determine how many calories your body burns. In order to figure out what my body burns on a typical day I need the Harris Benedict Formula to help me. Which means multiplying my BMR by the appropriate activity factor. Since I am moderately active (exercise 3-5days a week) my formula will look like this 1994.58 x 1.55 = 3091.59. Which means my body will need on a daily basis 3091.59 calories to function properly.

If anyone is curious how many calories they burn throughout the day I have posted a link to the webiste that has a BMR calculator. This same website has a link to the Harris Benedict Equation.
http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/

If you take a look at my post from last night you will notice that my total caloric intake was about 2030 calories. You will also notice that my diet consists of very little protein which is what your body uses to help repair muscles after you workout. Last night I went for a 4 mile run and finished in about 32 minutes. I felt fine during the run, but after I finished I felt light headed and very tired. Today I’m a little sore in my legs, but nothing too bad. Tonight I am schedule to do a weight training workout. I am curious to see how I will feel during and after the workout. Stay tuned!

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