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Help... What are my maintenance calories?


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Hey Guys

I'm a bit confused as to what I can maintain on?

I'm 174cm tall (i think 5'8 1/2)

and around 54kg - 119 pounds

I work from home so I don't do much activity.. but I go to the gym 2 -3 times a week and lift heavy weights for about 40 mins

I realised i was probably eating too little.. maybe 1300 - 1500 per day and I seemed to be maintaining on that amount

The past 4 days I've bumped up to maybe 2000 or 2200 calories each day ... (with icecream mostly) haven't weighed myself but I feel really bloated .. hoping the water/food weight goes away soon and that I can maintain on around 2000? Is this possible? I feel so much more energetic and satisfied the last few days!

I looked up some online calculators and they said my maintenance was around 1800 calories?

Hoping someone can help me out with an approx. number .. thanks!

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Your BMI is only 17.8, which (unless you are only 15,) is significantly underweight. You should not really be trying to maintain such a low weight. A healthy BMI is 18.5-25.

Having said that, you could definitely maintain a healthy weight on over 2,000 calories - and keep that energetic satisfied feeling too! I maintain on 2,250-2,500 a day, and my only exercise is around 60 mins brisk walking a day. I'd feel like death on 1,300-1,500 - it's way too low for an active female.

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