How important is it to have a bodybuilding calorie calculator?

Calculating calories

You’ve probably heard the saying “You are what you eat.” This is true when it comes to body building and for inexperienced bodybuilders, they can easily go down the wrong footpath when it comes to calculating their calories.

Knowing the amount of calories that your body consumes and the type of macro diet that you adopt is important for you to reach your bodybuilding goals. For most slim or skinny guys, there’s the desire to “not eat” because we naturally don’t feel hungry. Thus, we end up consuming far fewer calories than we should.

By having a bodybuilding calorie calculator, we can track and manage the amount of calories that we consume throughout the day and week, which will help us achieve our bodybuilding goals.

What type of bodybuilding calorie calculators are there?

Consumption calorie calculators.

It’s essential that you track the amount of calories that you are consuming throughout the day and the week, as losing track of this can really affect the fitness goals that you want to achieve.

Due to working in an office environment, we are easily tempted to have snacks and food that won’t help us achieve our bodybuilding goals. The odd biscuit here and there, the occasional chocolate and even office drinks can put your overall bodybuilding plan out of whack without even realising it.

You will avoid this by tracking what you consume. You can easily do this with a calorie tracking app such as MyFitnessPal, which will help you document exactly what you’ve eaten throughout the day and it will also share data telling you if you have eaten the right macros and if you have consumed the right amount of calories for a surplus or deficit, in order for you to achieve your fitness goals.

Calorie-burning calculators.

There are a few different ways you can calculate the amount of calories that you lose, however the most accurate method is to strap a heart rate monitor on your chest. 

Another alternative is to track the amount of calories burned with the use of a heart rate monitor that can be worn as a wristwatch. Popular items include the Fitbit or the Apple Watch.

Estimating the amount of calories burned.

You can also choose to manually calculate the amount of calories burned or use other applications or equipment that will estimate the amount of calories burned from doing a cardio or fitness session.

For example, you can run and estimate the amount of calories burned with the Nike Run + app. The app can also be synced to calorie calculators, such as the Nike Run + Apple Watch (or the regular Apple Watch), Fitbit or Bluetooth heart monitor devices.

Alternatively, the app will estimate the amount of calories burned by the distance, speed and intensity of your workout.

Calorie calculating tip!

If you would like to learn more about calorie counting, a great book to read is “Burn the fat, feed the muscle.” It talks about the types of calories and macros that you should be consuming in order to get a bodybuilder’s physique.

Next step.

Ask yourself,

  • “Are you currently calculating the calories that you are consuming?”
  • “Are you calculating the calories that you are burning?”
  • “Are the calories that you are calculating as accurate as they should be?”

If you answered no to any of these questions, then you should take a look at your bodybuilding calorie calculator and put in a solution that will allow you to accurately track and manage the amount of calories consumed and burned, so you will achieve your bodybuilding goals.