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Confused about calories

Hi. I used to be a bmi of about 18 naturally, then I got anorexia. In an attempt to recover I ended up following a recovery plan of 3-4000 calories online. Now I don't own a scale but I know I'm a bmi of 35-40 from a previous hospital weigh-in. I would really like to lose weight but I need to lose nearly EDIT: I meant 7-8st (I'm 5ft 11 female). The NHS calculator says to eat about 2000 calories though and I have just cut down to 1200 this week but am worried that isn't enough and I don't know if my metabolism ever recovered from my eating disorder? Feeling discouraged that I won't be able to lose it. Also I have lupus so find a lot of activity hard. Any advice?

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Hi loveanimals

Welcome to the weight loss forum.

You say you need to lose 10st I must say I'm a little concerned as the amount you want to lose does not match your BMI. Can I please ask what your actual weight was at your hospital weigh in? When I needed to lose 10st my BMI was in the late 50's! 1200 calories is too low so you are right it isn't enough. Use the BMI checker to work out your calorie allowance.

Take a look at the Welcome Newbie post in the Pinned post section at the right hand side or at the bottom if your on a mobile. Have a look at the nhs 12 week plan, many members have had success following this plan. Use the BMI checker to work out your daily calorie allowance.

Have a look at the Daily Diary which you can find on the Home page in Events. It is where all the members are sharing their daily plans on what they are eating and any exercise they are doing. This thread will give you some ideas on how to start.

Below the Pinned posts are the Topics where members share a range of weight related subjects.

Take your measurements at the start together with a photo so you can see the changes on the days the scales don't move.

We have daily weigh ins so why not come along and join us today. You can find the weigh ins on the Home page in the Events section on the right. Just click on the post in Events and record your start weight and any loss/gain or maintain for the week.

To get the most of the forum be active, share tips, recipes and experiences. Read some of the posts they are very motivating.

Have a good first week.



Sorry, I meant about 7-8 stone! I knew my weight in lb and converted the difference wrong. Thanks


Based upon your height, 1200Kcal probably is too low an amount to fuel the body on a daily basis, so aim to maintain a daily calorie deficit from maximum allowance provided by the NHS calculator, ensuring that the deficit introduced doesn't exceed the difference between the two figures.

Since existing conditions prevent you from exercising as much as you'd like, eat closer towards the minimum recommendation, allowing the body to expend calories from existing body fat as normal every day activity is undertaken.

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