Did you calculate your BMR and then add in the activity multiplier? BMR doesn't mean much of anything unless you add in the activity multiplier. If your BMR is 1500 and then you add in an activity rate of 1.55 (the one for someone who is moderately active), you get 2325 (16275 a week). That is theoretically what you would eat to maintain where you are at. Since you want to lose 2lbs a week, that means you need to burn 7000 calories a week. Take your weekly maintenance calories and subtract the 7000 (16275-7000) then divide by 7, and you get 1325 calories per day. That is (theoretically) where you need to eat to get to your goal.
HOWEVER, this is just a theoretical number. My BMR with activity level is around 1740 (I minimally exercise). Once I hit my goal weight I started eating around this amount, and I've lost 4 more lbs in a little less than 2 months. So, there is an element of experimentation that goes into it.
I would also keep in mind that 2lbs a week is a very aggressive goal, unless you are very overweight. Most normal people lose less than that per week. So, if you don't get that every week do not get discouraged.
Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 11/28/2012 (11:38)
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