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Calorie Confusion

Hi Everyone. I'm a newbie.

I've done the BMI calculator and it says to consume between 1395 and 1793 calories per day? I'm training in a new job at the moment so I'm stuck in the classroom mostly Monday to Friday. I run 4 times a week, 3 times around 4 to 5 miles and a long run on a Sunday which is up to 9 miles now. Should I be eating the lower amount even with running? Just a little confused with the numbers.

Thanks in advance


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Hi Kimmy,

The recommended calorie range has been calculated on the basis of the information you inputted, so it will already be on the basis of the activity level you described and your height, weight etc - it is a range recommended for you to lose weight at a safe rate, so basically (my understanding of it is that...) as long as you ate within the range you would generally lose weight (although in practice there are weekly fluctuations in most people's experiences) - but essentially you'd expect an onwards and downwards trend in your weight over time.

I think people vary in terms of whether they choose to eat at the upper or lower range, or mid point - but I have always chosen the larger (upper) range, as over time you'll lose weight, and then you can put your data in again, to get a new range etc.

For some reason I'm finding it hard to be concise today - bit too wordy I realise - so apologies if this doesn't make sense.  

I'm sure others will give you their thoughts on it too.

You can always experiment a bit within the range, and see what works best for you.

Lowcal :-)


I agree with Zest , start near the top end of the range and see how it goes 😊 Also try to eat a good balance of nutrients to sustain you with all the exercise, I get very hungry after a busy day! Some people prefer more protein, I need bread or pasta 😊 Find what balance works for you 😊 Good luck! 


I agree with both Anna and Lowcal. Start at the upper end and see how it goes. Expect to adjust as you lose weight and get (even) fitter! 

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