# EatingWell 7-Day Meal Plan Help

### How to choose the right calorie level for your 7-day meal plans.

"Just eat low carb, low fat, healthy foods in MODERATION! "

This article uses a different calculation to determine the daily calorie goal than the the slide in the the diet plan (tip #3). The slide multiplies weight by 12 and subtracts 500. This calculation subtracts 1000. Which is the correct formula?

Anonymous

02/27/2012 - 4:10pm

Substract 500 if your goal is to loose 1 pound per week or 1000 for 2 pounds per week.

Anonymous

03/01/2012 - 6:17pm

I know, subtracting 1000 seems extreme!

Anonymous

03/05/2012 - 7:21am

I will do the 1600 calorie meal plan, but I would like to add protein powder (three or four times per week). Will that diminish the chance for weight loss?

Anonymous

05/08/2012 - 8:38am

Show me a diet plan that doesn't include salmon or shellfish, and I'll try it.

Gail _2

07/18/2012 - 2:02pm

If I follow the calculation I am at 596! Can't be right. I also run on the treadmill. Per its calculation I burn up to 685 calories a day. What do I do with that?

Anonymous

08/06/2012 - 7:46am

Where can I find a list of
calories in foods?

Anonymous

08/09/2012 - 4:36pm

Per the article: "Multiply your weight (in pounds) by 12 and subtract 1,000."

So, using the calculations above, I should eat 1200 cal/day to lose 1-2 lbs/week. I weight 184 lbs. I would like to lose at between 40 and 60 pounds. How can I start at the lowest recommended calorie goal with THAT much weight to lose? As it is I exercise at least 6 hours a week (weights & walking). Clearly I'm eating to much but dropping from what I eat now down to 1200 cal/day doesn't leave me anywhere to go.

Anonymous

09/14/2012 - 8:11pm

If you are at a healthy weight, subtracting 1000 from your weight x12 is WAY too much restriction.Going on too restrictive of a DIET makes one feel deprived, setting up feelings of scarcity... leading to "failure" on the plan. Even if I calculate an obese weight x 12 - 1000, the intake would be too restrictive - especially for a moderately active person. Not to discourage those who need to shred pounds... but doing so more gradually with actual lifestyle changes is the best way.

Anonymous

09/24/2012 - 11:50pm

If i weigh 298 what will mine number be?

Anonymous

09/25/2012 - 9:58pm

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