I'm not sure how to explain how this works, but I got this formula from the Australian Biggest Loser program ...
For a woman:
(10 x weight in kgs) + (6.25 x height in cms) - (5 x age) = your RMR in calories. Your Resting Metobolic Rate is the amount of calories that your body uses before adding any exercise.
For example - I weigh 95kgs, am 163cms and 32yrs old, so I need (10x95)+(6.25x163)-(5x32)=1808.75 calories that my body needs to maintain the size that I am. So I consume around 1500 calories and exercise to burn around 300 calories.
According to all of the books and magazines that I've read, and all of the professionals that I've spoken to - a female should not consume less that 1200 calories or her body will go into starvation mode and start to store everything as fat. 1200 calories should not be used for more than 2 weeks at a time, and only to give you a kick start - usually 1500 or higher is recommended.
That's just what I've read and been taught ...
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