I'll share what's working for me even though my situation is different from yours.
I am 5'3" and currently weigh 161. My goal is to be muscular and around 123 by September 2014.
The philosophy I've heard and that I love is "eat and exercise like the thinner person you want to become." Given that, I've also learned never to eat below my basal metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories that are needed for a person who is in a comatose state to stay alive. Otherwise, I believe that my body will go into a mode where it will store, store, store since it thinks I'm starving it. You can find basal metabolic rate calculators if you do a search for them online.
Next thing to do is multiply basal metabolic rate with a factor that coincides with daily activity. You can find these formulas online if you search "basal metabolic rate" and "daily activity."
I try never to eat below the final quotient because again, I believe that my body will probably think I'm trying to starve it. My amount of calories that I eat are almost always over what SparkPeople recommends. But I've been losing about a pound per week consistently with no plateau so far.
I hope that helps.
Edited by: CLEARNIGHTSKY at: 9/29/2013 (13:37)
I am 100% lovable just the way I am. At the same time, I deserve to reach my fitness goals. I am worth it.
| current weight: 152.0