1. ## calories?

How do you go about calculating how many calories you need a day? I'm a C-5 quadriplegic and my body mass index is around 20. (5'10" and 140lbs.) I would like to maintain what I have without gaining more of a gut. I have been working out every other day with a wrist weights and try to stay active as much I can given my level of injury and in a power wheelchair. Thanks.

2. http://www.caloriecontrol.org/

There's a link here, that will let you pick your age, sex and activity level (if chair-bound, probably sedentary for this purpose), and will provide # of calories allowed per day to maintain. Eat fewer to loose.

3. Thanks for the quick response! Based on that link my number is 1, 765. What a good find.

4. Wow we must have been on the same wave link.Mine is 1,845.

5. i read somewhere that a quad needs 10.2 kalories/lb to maintain, at my current weight that means 1850 cal/day so I subtrack 500 because I'm trying to lose weight and its been working for me - lost 14 lbs since Christmas.

6. I read recently a dietician using the "worst-case scenario", laying in bed all day, you need 1500 calories per day. So the numbers calculated above sound about right.

7. Originally Posted by Van Quad
I read recently a dietician using the "worst-case scenario", laying in bed all day, you need 1500 calories per day. So the numbers calculated above sound about right.
You are right Van Quad. I have been working very closely with a dietician and as someone pretty much in that "worst case scenario" situation, he said 1500-1600 calories per day would be what I would be looking at just to maintain my weight and not lose any more.

Somewhat paradoxically given my injury level, I am really struggling with keeping weight on.

8. regarding this ....metabolism and genetics are very important.i can have 10 meals a day and no extra lbs.am i unique?maybe some scientists should check me.

9. adi all i know is you are the man

10. I just ate 4 pupusas for supper. That's probably 1500 calories right there!

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