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New to this, all help possible appreciated!!!

OK so wanting to lose weight and keep it off!!! Ready to use NHS plan to help me along the way.

Currently working on 1200 kcal a day but I think I'm under eating when considering I exercise 4 to 5 times a week as I don't consider those kcals burnt.

BMI calculator suggests daily intake should be between 1500-1950 kcal but plan states 1400. Should I look to follow what the BMI calculator states? Should I include some if not all kcal burnt at the gym?

Don't have an issue with eating good proper food, love fruit veg and salad so no concerns with ensuring I eat enough of these. Just not feeling it, not sure what it is, at the mo!

Any one else at the beginning of their 12 weeks?

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Hey Calculating anything is not my forté but welcome to the forum and the 12week plan! People here are amazing! Good luck and bonne continuation!


High and welcome Purple Pickle :)

I would suggest that currently you are under eating. My advice would be to consume more calories daily, because as you lose weight, it becomes more difficult to lose those extra pounds. If you're already consuming a very low number, you've got nowhere left to go. ie, to reduce down further in order for your body to give up those last few pounds, you'd be on a starvation diet, which is not a good way to go.

I would say to enter your details into the BMI calculator, but don't enter your exercise and the number you're given should allow you to safely lose 1 - 2lbs/week.

I'm sorry this sounds a bit garbled, I hope it makes some sense to you :)


Hi Purple Pickle I think it depends on how much you have to lose, if you do a lot of exercise you can afford to have a few more calories,I swim alot and tend to try and eat around 1500 cals a day , I'm on week 2 and am losing on 1500 and some days a few more ! I do think you could up your cals abit 😊


My dietician recommended 1500 per to be eaten 3 main meals and 3 snacks


Go with what the BMI calculator says, providing you have put in the highest level of exercise into it. Ignore any exercise calories as these are taken care of in the calculation.

Definitely don't go under 1400, especially to start with.

If you are then losing up to 2lb a week, you know you have got it right.

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