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3/1/13 5:51 P

According to WebMD's metabolism calculator, you are burning around 2872 calories per day. So if you wanted to lose 2 pounds per week, then you would want to eat around 1800-1900 calories per day. One pound of fat is 3500 calories. So you can use that to figure out what your calorie deficit needs to be based on how fast you want to lose weight. Or you can set up your nutrition and exercise trackers on Spark People to do it for you! Much easier than doing the math!

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3/1/13 4:37 P

Your personal calorie range is going to differ based on your weight and activity level. 1200 calories would not be enough for someone your weight!

Go to your nutrition tracker, and set up your diet settings. Make sure you choose a reasonable goal (for you, 1-2 lbs is attainable) and then go to your fitness tracker, and update your fitness settings. Enter an approximate calorie burn goal per week (0 if you're sedentary).

Sparkpeople will generate a range for you.

Here's how it's calculated, if you want to do the math yourself:

There is no one-size-fits-all range for everyone. 1200-1550 is the minimum safety range here on Sparkpeople, but it's not appropriate for everyone. For example, I weigh 185, and am quite active... if I ate 1200-1550, I wouldn't get enough fuel to support my exercise.

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3/1/13 4:23 P

I have heard consuming anywhere from 1200- 1500 is a good range to stick to. I know when I have gotten stuck it was because my body was used to the exercises I was doing. You have to keep your body guessing. As soon as I changed up my exercise routine I began losing weight again. However it wasn't as quickly as before I was stuck. Also pay attention to how much sugar you are consuming. That is a huge problem for me and as soon as I curb my sugar the weight begins to come of too.. Good luck!

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3/1/13 4:11 P

I've lost almost 90 lbs but have been at the same weight for months now. I decided for the first time in my life, to start counting calories.

A skinny friend of mine told me I need 1200-1300 calories a day to lose weight and keep my body from thinking it's starving.

A fat friend of mine told me that's way off and I need at least 1600-1800 a day. How do I find out what's accurate?

Not that I'm super comfortable putting this information out there but I know it's important.

I'm 30 years old, female
5'7 and a half
294 pounds
I exercise for about 25-30 minutes a day, but other than that, I'm not horribly active in a day.

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