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Diet Challenge Tip 3: Calculate Your Daily Calorie Goal

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, December 20, 2011 - 12:48pm

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Is this simply the calculation for women? Doesn't age matter?


12/21/2011 - 8:39am

Should someone use their current weight or goal weight? Is this the number of calories to eat to lose weight? If so, at what rate should one expect to lose weight? Is there a minimum number of calories below which you should not go? If using current weight, how often should we recalculate to continue losing weight?


01/03/2012 - 1:03pm

This calculation is a massive over simplification and could lead some people to restrict calories to an unhealthy level. I am a 5'3" woman with a BMI of 22 and a body fat percentage around 19%. Your formula would have me eating under 1000 calories a day if I wanted to shed a few pounds. That is below my BMR. It would be very unhealthy for me to restrict calories like that. PLEASE don't post formulas like this without explaining their limitations.


01/03/2012 - 1:12pm

that formula doesn't work so well for petite people trying to lose a few pounds... it calculates my intake to around 800 cals a day. too low to be healthy... just sayin


01/03/2012 - 1:13pm

700 calories a day? This obviously does not go for skinny people, or i would die of malnutrition.


01/03/2012 - 1:26pm

What is the scientific basis for this calculation? It seems bogus to me


01/03/2012 - 2:10pm

and the weight number - is that the current or goal weight...unclear in your post...especially for newbies!


01/03/2012 - 2:30pm

That calculation is ridiculous. A 124 lb woman should eat 988 calories a day? Yeah, that sounds healthy.


01/03/2012 - 2:35pm

I'm getting 880 calories - not nearly enough for an active female.


01/03/2012 - 4:16pm

This formula does not account for sex, age, or activity level.


01/03/2012 - 9:52pm

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