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At top of healthy bmi

I’m very disappointed that there is nothing on the HealthUnlocked website to help us know a calorie count to get in the middle of our healthy BMI zone.

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Could you work out the small reduction from your previous top and bottom numbers by just working out what dicference that few lounds makes to your basal metabolic rate?

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Good idea Stoozie 😊

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If your current calorie target range is working and you’re still losing weight then stick with that 😊. There is a formula you can use but I will need to do some research and get back to you

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I have no current calorie target

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These things are not exact, you need to follow for a few weeks and see how it goes, but there are several online. Here is a link to a BBC site bbc.co.uk/guides/zy7j2p3

Remember what you eat is also important

Good luck 😊

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Thank you so much for this! I’m on my way now!

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I only eat organic vegetables, can’t eat meat due to esophagus problems. No bread or rice.

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Vegetables are good, do you eat dairy? Full fat is best as it has better nutrition and will help you stay full for longer 😊

If you need anymore help pop into the Daily Diary

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Thank you, yes I eat cheese and a lot of olive oil.

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I get your point, but there are several other things to consider.

There's no such thing as a healthy weight; Dr. Lustig claims that 40% of normal weight people have metabolic problems.

Reducing insulin levels lessens hunger, makes weight loss easier, and improves health outlook.

If you've reached a normal BMI you've probably, though not necessarily, learned the principles needed to lose more weight.

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It is very hard to lose those last 10 to 14 pounds. 4 doctors have told me I need to lose it and I feel much better at less weight, it helps my blood pressure, etc. I just would like a calorie count.....

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Hi G1nny! I did get to my healthy weight briefly before Christmas but then put back on over Christmas so need so lose a couple more pounds to get back to my healthy BMI. What I did when I got to my healthy BMI I just put in my BMI slightly higher so it have me a calorie range (1200-1600) and then aimed for 1400 (but Christmas got in the way!).

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Thanks that is very helpful

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If you calculate your BMI using the NHS tool (and this forum came into being to support those doing the NHS weight loss plan) it does exactly that. Search NHS BMI Calculator and you'll get the information you are looking for.

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The NHS checker will not suggest a calorie target once you reach a healthy BMI 😕

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Is there a problem with using the same one you used to get to that point?

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That’s what we normally advise, but G1nny hasn’t been using one 😊

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Hi G1nny,

I know what you mean! I just added a wee bit to my weight on the NHS calculator until I was over weight, that gave me a calorie range which I used as guidance.

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Hi my plan is when I get there😀......to simply add 100 calories a day for 2 weeks and check that does not increase my weight...then add another hundred and repeat. Think this will give you control and when you gain you know you are at your best level.

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In my case my maintenance level found itself, I just stopped losing and don’t want to reduce calories any further 😊

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That sounds very reasonable like that thought.

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Hi, I was like you when I started my losing weight journey, BMI of 24.5.

I had 1400 calories per day and I lost 2 stones. First 14 pounds and then while maintaining I lost another 9 pounds. I used the Lose it app to count the calories and it also calculates the calories you should take for losing weight. I suggest you stick with 1400 calories which is NHS recommendation.

Good luck and believe me it is such a great journey. You will wake up in morning and you will feel light and healthy and has life long positive results.

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I used to use lose but switched to cronometer. Thanks for your wonderful advice.

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Hi there

I want to lost weight but I don't how or where can i get help or ideas. What would be the best thing to follow so can anyone help me.

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If you look on the NHS.uk website for BMI calculator it will give you a calorie range to aim for. I’ve just checked and for my age and height, at the top of healthy BMI range it recommends for me, 1240 - 1594 kcal in order to get to middle of range. But in saying that, I also have to admit that I’m finding sense in the idea that not all calories are treated equally by the body, have abandoned my previous low-fat calorie counting diets , concentrating on reducing carbs and eating more healthy fats instead.

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Thanks to all for your wonderful advice. I’ll let y’all know how it goes. Im going to try 1350 per day and more exercise. I had to stop my exercises due to a wrist and knee injury but think I’m good to go for the walking again now. Thanks again.

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Happy New Year - haven't seen you here for a while! Hope calorie counting works for you - I stopped when changed to Low Carb High Fat back in August. Still lost weight and think body has decided I'm about right now as only varies by +/- a couple of lb even tho I've added more carbs to try to fight off a long-lingering cold (suffering for 3rd week along with half our village!)

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I’ve been rather ashamed since I haven’t been exercising and have gained a couple of pounds. I do low carb too but can’t eat meat. I’m still healthy BMI but too much weight for me. I’m back on it today. Had a couple of accidents involving my big dogs but I’m well enough to start walking again. I’m back on it. I have decided I’m counting calories and doing low carb, about 25 carbs a day. Happy new year.

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Make sure you eat more fat to compensate for the low carbs - body needs a balance e.g 75% : 25% ratio. Cheese is particularly good as lots of protein too (plus cook in extra virgin olive oil) I'm sure you know all this so pardon teaching granny to suck eggs !

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I appreciate your advice . What is the 75%? Fat 25% is protein?

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No - that's fat to carbs. Protein should be based on body weight (so "they" say) - trouble is recommendations vary from 0.6 - 1kg per kg of body weight. Logically go to higher end if exercising and hoping to build muscle strength. Any excess is burnt as energy, presumably before body resorts to fat cells, but personally I reckon it's better to err higher than not eat enough.

When I was recording everything I was doing about 80:20 for fat to carbs (the latter 25 - 30g). When I added in protein the ratios for everything came out at around 55% fat, 15 carbs and 30 protein. I'm no expert though so don't take this as "rules" !

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PS If you want more info here's a post where I put together some stuff I've come across:

healthunlocked.com/lchf-die...

The conversations on the LCHF forum are very useful too :)

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Thanks

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Hi Ginny

As the owner of the NHS BMI calculator and Weight Loss app, I would like to make the following points (outside of 'well done for your weight loss to date'!), hopefully both for your benefit and others. This information applies more to those who are just outside the healthy weight range or actually within their healthy weight range.

1. As you probably know, BMI is a very blunt instrument. BMI only deals with height and weight. It does not take into account MANY other factors. You could be deemed a healthy weight but smoke 40 a day, eat nothing but Quavers (other snacks are available..) and do no exercise.

2. A healthy weight range is exactly that - it's a range. As long as you're 'in the green' on the BMI calculation, then you're considered healthier than being outside the range.

3. Based on user testing carried out late last year, we found quite a few people, like yourself, trying to get to the middle of the healthy weight range - "because it must be better, right?" Wrong - so much so that we're looking at creating a 'help' animation to include within the calculator to show that ANYWHERE in the healthy weight range is fine.

5. As long as you're in the healthy weight range, it's more important to think about exercise, healthy eating, mindfulness etc., than just calories and BMI numbers.

Having a BMI of 22.5 is not 'better' than a BMI of 24.5.

6. And just in case the above message didn't get through - THERE IS NO NEED NOR REQUIREMENT TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HEALTHY WEIGHT RANGE. :-)

For those of you reading this who at the beginning of your weight loss journey (not you), the new advice from Public Health England is to lose 5% of your weight - this is more achievable than, say, losing 4 stone to get to a BMI of less than 25, and you will start to notice the benefits to your health even with that 5%. Then once you hit that weight, keep going with the 5% rule.

I hope this helps you (and others) clarify the 'healthy weight range'.

Kind regards

Martin

Health Tools Lead

BTW, since Christmas, we've had 1.3Million uses of the BMI calculator!

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Thanks for this.

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