I don't believe the recommended intake for a woman is 2000-2500 cals. Generally speaking, women maintain their weight (very loosely) around 2000 cals. This is based on the average woman, of the average height, of the average weight, of the average age, of the average activity level, of the average body fat percentage. We are not all "average" women. We all have varying sizes, ages, activity levels. Calorie maintenance needs are by far not a "one size fits all" range.
I'm 31 and 5'2, 119 lbs. I'm pretty active and exercise a lot. I seem to maintain around 2000-2500 cals and lose eating anything under 2000 cals. According to most calculators however, if I were sedentary I'd maintain around at around 1600 cals.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/29/2013 (08:39)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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