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I'm new with calculation question


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Hi, I have been using CC since March and love it!  But I do have a question about the tools calculation for me.  I am 38, 5'3" and started at 145.  According to the tools, I should be 127.  And to accomplish this I should eat only 1100.  BUT that is not enough calories!  Everything I have read here says I need at least 1200.  Anyone have answers? 

Thanks for your help.  Susie
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I don't believe those weight charts are accurate.  I started at 176 now am 158.  I have a goal of 150.  Now I will be 41 this month.  But if weighed what they say I would look sick.  I had an ED at one time got down to 128 and looked terrible.  I am also 5'3".  If I get down to 150 and it keeps coming off then great.  If I stop there then I will be happy too.  Good Luck!
Hi susie, welcome to C-C. You will have fun here.

Try going to tools and click on allowance it should tell you how much you need to eat.

Or/ and if you're working out, you should calcualte your BMR which gives you more info. Be right back. going to find it and post it for you.
Got it.

Here is how you can figure your BMR and your caloric needs so that you can stay within 500-800 calories of your needs. This is the most effective method of losing body fat and not losing water and muscle. Coachdee posted this for us and it really helps.  

Imperial(US) BMR Formula

Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - ( 4.7 x age in years )

This will calculate what you require even if you were to sit on your butt all day or sleeping most of the day. Because this is roughly how many calories your body will burn as a living, breathing, eating,heart-beating, digesting etc.. being. This does not include your daily activities. I bet some of you are thinking "WOW I had no idea."  It is really easy to not eat enough, when we want to lose weight and especially when it includes exercise, which of course keeps the metabolism working efficiently. Extremes are easy aren't they? We need to find the body's "happy place" for optimal fat burn.  So now we will need to determine our activity levels, which again many of us misjudge.

Harris Benedict Formula To determine your total daily calorie needs, multiply your BMR by the appropriate activity factor (BE HONEST WITH THYSELF), as follows:


  1. If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.2
  2. If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.375
  3. If you are moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.55
  4. If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.725
  5. If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.9
hope this helps you susie. if you are having a hard time figuring it out, let us know. :)
I am down to 134 and can see maybe losing 4 or 5 more pounds.  But just not sure about the 127.  And I am using all the tools on CC.  My BMR is 23.7 which is good.  I am not able to exercise.  That is a whole new topic.  But the amount of calories, even when I do use the caculations that CoachDee gave us, still comes up 1100.
And a big THANK YOU to fergusonstacy and rahana for replying so quickly!  I have been reading the forums here and can see that it is a bunch of fun!
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