Down to details, according to the book, the formular for calculating the amount of calories per day is (for women):
655.1 + (9.56 x weight) + (1.85 x height (in centimetres, eg 165 for 1.65m) - (4.68 x age)
Then you multiply for activity level.
1.3 is sedentary, as in at a desk and no exercise/exercise rarely
1.4 is exercise moderatly 1-3 times a week
1.55 is exercise moderately 3-5 times a week
1.725 is heavy exercise 6-7 times a week
1.9 is 'training for a marathon' type exercise
According to this plan, I need 1913 calories per day, considering my bmi is 15 & I fit in the 1.55 category. Has anyone followed their diet plan? I think I actually sort of approve of it (seeing as I 'have' to eat now & 'aim' for 2000, I enjoy making my diet into perfect percentages & amounts of food groups, and I thoroughly enjoy giving nutritional advice and critising other's diets) except for the low amounts of fruits & vegetables. I don't see how I could *need* that much food. I have been maitaining except for recent gain despite eating the same amount (between 1900-1950, averaged out per day) though I'm trying to convince myself it's because of the anti-depressants & the larger amount of inactivity.
Does anyone 'believe' this? I was maintaining the same weight on 1600 for 2 years, because I've spent most of my anorexia eating and have not really gained much weight back & I'd like it to stay that way
What other calculations have people used to work out how much we 'need' or 'should' have for losing and/or maintaining weight?