Posted by Coach Wayne
on Oct 21, 2014 in Nutrition
Calorie Calculator? Isn’t that just a regular calculator? Yes, and no. I am sure you have poured over your P90X, Insanity, or Body Beast guidebooks and have come to some equations for calculating your caloric needs for the program. They are all a little different, but they can all be a little confusing at times. Wouldn’t it just be easier to plug in my weight and the deficit I want to run into a form and then click a button…
Have I got the answer for you! This is our very own Calorie Calculator! I wanted to re-run this post as it’s a tool a lot of people have missed and really helps when trying to find a starting point.
I have wanted to do this for a while, but it has been a little tricky to get this all to work. The teamRIPPED Calorie Calculator uses the P90X formula for caloric need. I have found that to be a very good and accurate starting point for most people. I believe that the Insanity guide over estimates need.
This is the formula that I would use to find what “level” you are suppose to be in. We know that we don’t mess with levels or Portion Plans! To use the teamRIPPED Calorie Calculator all you need to enter is your current weight and the size of the deficit you’d like to run. If you are close to your ideal weight (10-20 lbs) a 600 calorie deficit will allow you probably meet that goal with its 1 lb/week fat loss. If you have a bit more to lose, like I did, you will want to pick a deficit up to 1,000 or even more. “More than 1000?” You might be saying. Yes, maybe more than 1,000. If you remember I figured my need initially and put myself in the Level 3 – 3,000 calorie plan (which was lower than what the formula calculated for 252 lbs). I took my deficit from that 3,000. In reality I was over a 1,000 calorie deficit since I consumed 1900 cals per day as opposed to the guide’s Level 3 plan of 3,000 cals. Men, you should stay above 1,500 calories and women above 1,000. You can always reference my suggestions in Dialing It In.
You can use this formula for P90X, X2, Insanity, Body Beast, ChaLEAN Extreme, TurboFire, etc! Really any Beachbody program will benefit from the teamRIPPED Calorie Calculator. P90X (and X2) really have the most complete nutrition guides. When you combine them with tracking and weighing portions, the results speak for themselves! (*** Note – Use only a positive number for your deficit. If you use a negative number you’ll get into subtracting a negative and actually add a surplus!) So for Body Beast, and bulking, use a negative number i.e. -600 to add a 600 calorie surplus.
teamRIPPED Calorie Calculator
Now you have your daily calorie target for your weight and your deficit! An average workout burn is already figured in, so don’t eat any extra workout calories (that would be double eating those calories).
Pretty sweet huh? From here, take the goal from the calorie calculator over to MyFitnessPal.com. Set up your custom goals and Fat Shredder percentages (Click here for more on MFP Set Up). Then watch the results go through the roof!
*the P90X formula in the teamRIPPED Calorie Calculator takes your weight multiplied by 10 for your Resting Metabolic Rate, adds 20% for daily activity, and another 600 calories for any average workout burn. The deficit is then subtracted from that sum.