Now much to eat

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  1. Glowworm

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    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

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    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
     
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    Thanks for the great resource! That helps a lot.

    I'm definately under eating!
     
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    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.
     
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    Ooh I like that BMR thing, very useful for when I go into maintenance...
     
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    pesty Fighting the bulge

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    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 :)
     
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