So, since I’m still new at this thing, I’ve been trying to do as much research as possible about how many calories I actually need to be consuming to lose weight.
My senior year of college, we did a very scientific measurement of our base metabolic rate in a health class, and mine was about 1350 cals/day.
I figured, plan a 1200 calorie/day diet (the lowest recommended per day for women), then add exercise. But I think I’m a little under the mark.
Online calculators suggest a little over 1500/day for me for weight loss, which seems really high. I’m also a little nervous because I’ve been very restrictive with my eating in the past, and I’m sure my metabolism is no longer at “full speed” for my age.
I exercise 5 days/week and burn between 350 and 450 calories exercising. Is 1200 too low a goal?