Calories You Can Eat Without Putting on Weight
The other week I calculated the calories I can eat without putting on weight. I used a formula that was in the British Army Fitness book. It takes into account your age, gender, weight and activity level. Mine came out at 1380 a day. Shockingly low when we are constantly told that the GDA for a woman is 2000 calories a day. Also shocking when you consider that I do 3 or 4 heavy sessions at the gym a week goodness knows what it would be if I didn't do that! Partly it's because I'm 44 and the number of calories you can have as you get older decreases.
It gives me a new perspecitive on maintaining. I thought I'd probably be able to eat around 1800 and maintain. It appears not... It also explains why I'm around a stone higher than I want to be and why I've had some difficulty losing it through eating fewer calories - I wasn't eating few enough! Now I've set my calorie limit to 1200 a day and it's starting to shift.
My husband can have over 2800 calories a day. To think that before the diet I used to eat the same portion size...