Calorie Range Advice Needed

When on the NHS BMI Calculator it gives me a range of 1851 - 2380 calories per day and says "If you want to lose weight at a sustainable, safe rate, try to stay within this calorie range. To lose 1-2 pounds per week, stick to the lower end of this range. For the record, I entered myself as inactive when getting that range.

When it says lower end of the range does that mean I should be eating, say 1850 - 2000 calories per day or less than 1850 calories per day? I want to lose around 1.5 pounds per week but was struggling to stick to 1400 and wasn't losing weight on 2200.

Any suggestions of a good calorie range for me?


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  • I have a range of 1,694 to 2,178. I usually try to stick to between 1,400 and 1,694. But I don't sweat it if I go a bit over the 1,694 by a couple hundred calories or so. If I can stick to the lowest range I'll usually lose 2 lbs a week, but if I go over enough times (but only by a couple hundred calories a day, not a huge amount) I'll only lose 1 lb a week. The higher end of their scale see me maintaining.

    Hope that's at all helpful. Unfortunately every body is different so it's hard to be exact or have a one size fits all solution! :P

  • When you say "if I stick to the lowest range I'll usually lose 2lbs a week" - do you mean when you stick to 1400 or 1694?

  • I mean when I eat anywhere between 1400 and 1694 per week I usually lose 2 lbs. Hope that makes more sense!

  • Thanks, that does help a lot

  • I think it means 1850-2000. You might lose weight quicker if you go under that but you also might find you get hungry and everything feels harder. You want to make it as easy as possible so you can sustain it, so basically I would eat as many cals of healthy food as you can get away with whilst still losing 1-2lbs a week.

    I've only just started the plan but know from past experience that trying to eat too little calories has never lead to consistent weight loss for me, and it's no fun!

    That's my plan anyway. 😊

    Good luck! X

  • I'm trying to work this one out too! My recommended cals are similar to yours, but up til recently I was aiming at the 1400 recommended on the 12 week plan. I am thinking of aiming for 1,600-1,800 per day...

  • How did you manage on the 1400 calories? Did you lose weight? Did you find it quite hard to stick to?

  • I only started two weeks ago, and haven't lost anything yet...I think I could just about manage 1,400...but it hasn't been put to the test!

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