Wow, people these are guidelines and commonsense. Everyone's body processes food differently. You could put 20 people in a room and 10 could eat whatever they wanted and never gain an ounce and the other 10 could eat a few bits and gain weight. You need to be in tune with your body and know how it functions and go off of that. Like a machine we need to feed our body the right nutrients so they function properly. Our bodies are constantly changing with the environment so what would work 100 years ago for our body may not affect it the same way now. The government is merely providing assistance as to what works best for our bodies. I eat between 1,000 and 1,200 calories a day and never go hungry. It is about cutting all the extras like dressings and condiments. You can eat 3 full meals and 2 snacks a day and be completely satisfied on 1200 calories. Also, if you don't want to exercise then you have to watch your calories plan and simple. Use the tools and adjust them to your lifestyle. Everyone is always looking for someone else to blame by themselves. If you want to eat junk and not exercise then be happy with your decision. If you want to be healthy then do your research and observe your body.
06/22/2010 - 2:50pm
I think you use 12 if you are not active, 13 for somewhat active and 14 if you are active.
Example 12x 140= 1680 or 13x140= 1820 or 14x 140= 1960.
They used the numbers for someone who sits in front of the TV and computer all day.
06/22/2010 - 2:55pm
Calories count. On 6/21/08 at the age of 52, I weighed 252.8 lbs at 5'7". I maintained a weight of 160 for a year but I now weigh 150. It took me 7 weeks but I lost those 10 lbs on 1500 cal per day and I wsa not starving. I am now shooting for 140 lbs. No surgery, no drugs. I keep a food journal and hit the gym or pool 3-4 times per week . Initially I was on 1700 calories per day. Once I got below 240lbs I moved to 1500 calories. It has been slow but steady. If I have time to watch TV, I have time for some cardio. I take the stairs instead of elevator if possible and I keep alcohol to a minimum. If I eat more one meal, I cut back the next. Do I miss the eating what I wanted, any time I wanted? Sure. But I don't miss the joint pain, the size 24, not fitting in an plane seat comfortably , being short of breath and never wanting my picture taken,
06/22/2010 - 2:59pm
As a personal trainer and nutrition specialist (CERTIFIED IN BOTH) The formula is way off!! This formula will create a situation where the body, requiring glucose, will break down MUSCLE for fuel. This "weight loss" is not healthy. Myself as a 150lb muscular woman, would die on 150 calories a day. 150 calories per day represents my basal metabolism... what is necessary for my body to only function (think brain, nerve cells, vital functions..) Burning muscle for fuel is very unhealthy, and certainly not my goal- or my goal for any of my clients!!!
06/22/2010 - 3:19pm
HA! I agree 100% with this last post! You either want to be healthy or you don't, simple as that! It's all about seld discipline...
06/22/2010 - 5:55pm
Many people are unaware of how many calories are in the foods they are eating. I know because I was one of those people. I joined a weight loss group that really worked with me on portion control and counting calories, fat, and fiber. I believe that for successful weight loss the diet and exercise plan must be tailored for each individual.
06/22/2010 - 9:35pm
So if I wanted to lose a couple pounds I could do it with a whopping 940 calories a day!
06/22/2010 - 9:57pm
Sweetie, if you're running 35 miles a day, this article was not meant for you! It's meant for people who have issues maintaining or losing weight. Don't ake things so literally, it's not all about you.
06/22/2010 - 11:38pm
Everyone CAN definitely follow th eexrcise portion of this... moderated active activity is a 1/2 hour power walk. My mom does that. or swimming. Both are low impact, easy on the joints
06/23/2010 - 9:52am
If some would read the article thoroughly - they advise not to go BELOW 1200 calories a day. read people!