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Help with interpreting the BMI calorie intake range

shms1 stone

Hi, I joined earlier this week and this is day 6 of my weight loss effort. I used the BMI calculator (link on the Welcome Newbies page) and my daily calorie intake was in the of range is 1500 to 1900. I've been aiming for the 1500 but I just want to be sure I'm doing this right. That range is for losing weight isn't it? Seems rather high.

The following page (not sure how to hyperlink)


"Your daily calorie allowance on the NHS Choices weight loss plan is 1,900kcal for men and 1,400kcal for women. If you want a more personal recommended calorie intake tailored to your individual circumstances, use the BMI calculator."

Anyway would appreciate if someone could help me out with my confusion regarding interpretation of the range given by the BMI calculator

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shms1 stone

me again....just realised it hyperlinked it for me automatically!

YellowRose554st 7lbs

Hi shms

The BMI checker in the welcome newbies post gives you a personal range of calories to eat according to your weight, height, age and gender. For you to lose weight work on the lower end of the calories and to maintain work towards the top end.

The NHS Choices calories allowance in a recommended amount 1900 for all mena dn 1400 for all women.

Most of us here follow the personal one as it is more talior to fit you. Hope this helps clear up any confusion.


shms1 stone in reply to YellowRose55

Thanks, it does. I'd thought that's what it was, then started doubting myself thinking the 1500 is too high.

One of the most successful weight losers of this forum is LessToLose and she advises you to not start out at the lower end of the calorie range. She made a very compelling post about it which you may want to read

My own experience is that I lost weight faster when I stuck to the lower end, but I would still lose weight when in the higher end of the range. And maybe speed is not the important thing here, rather getting there slowly but surely in a sustainable way that actually feels enjoyable so you don't get fed up half way.

Good luck with what ever you choose to do 🍀

shms1 stone in reply to PippiRuns

Thanks, wise words I need to keep in mind when I think cut cut cut. I'll be weighing myself tomorrow so that will be a measure of how my first week went.

PippiRuns1kg in reply to shms

Good approach!

If you eat nearer the top end you will lose weight but at least when you struggle a bit with losing weight you do have calories you can drop to make you still lose weight with. If you eat nearer the lower weight end you do not have any calories left to use to adjust with to ensure you can still lose weight. Don't forget though to re-check your bmi index every now and then to ensure you're on the right calorie intake as the amounts do drop every now and then. Good luck.

shms1 stone in reply to HubbysMissMouse

Thanks. maybe I'll play around within the range to see what suits depending on how the first week goes.

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