# Now much to eat

#### Glowworm

##### Member
S: 26st3lb C: 18st6lb G: 19st1lb BMI: 27.6 Loss: 7st11lb(29.7%)
Are there any good resources to determine how much you should eat?

I was eating about 1200 calories a day, and barely losing anything (working out a ton). I upped it to about 2500 calories and I started losing more weight. I was told it was because my body was "starving". How much do I need to eat to optimize weight loss?

I'd probably put this under "calorie counting" but I dont know if calories are what I should be basing it on or what?!?!?

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#### Circes

##### Strutting her stuff
S: 17st12lb C: 10st7lb BMI: 22.3 Loss: 7st5lb(41.2%)
I'm not surpised you were not losing on 1200 calories at your height and activity level as that's way to low.

You need to work out your basal metabolic rate - the calories your body requires for normal daily life based on your height, weight, sex and activity level. And then, although I'm not calorie counting expert, I think he advise is to start by eating 500 calories a day less.

Calories Per Day Calculator - Basal Metabolic Rate

#### Glowworm

##### Member
S: 26st3lb C: 18st6lb G: 19st1lb BMI: 27.6 Loss: 7st11lb(29.7%)
Thanks for the great resource! That helps a lot.

I'm definately under eating!

#### shelz

##### Silver Member
I find it hard to eat food. I was struggling with eating three meals a day just after christmas and hardly loosing any weight. Now I have upped my calories to 7-800 a day I find I am loosing a bit more. I know this still isnt ideal for the amount of exercise I am doing, but at the moment it is working and I am achieving what I want to achieve.

#### vicky_r

##### Full Member
S: 16st12lb C: 11st5.6lb G: 10st10lb BMI: 22.9 Loss: 5st6.4lb(32.37%)
Ooh I like that BMR thing, very useful for when I go into maintenance...

#### pesty

##### Fighting the bulge
S: 13st13.5lb C: 13st2.5lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 31.7 Loss: 0st11lb(5.63%)
Thanks for the link this is very helpful!! Its close to what fitnesspal said i should be having, on SW i dont measure but i like to check a random food diary every now and again out of interest