I’ve had a few patients this week question their efforts at weight loss. One individual ate once a day and was convinced it was working. However, this individual was overweight and hadn’t seen the scale move in some time. I challenged my patients to track what they’re eating, and low and behold…too many calories were being consumed.
So, how do you determine the appropriate amount of calories to eat? The easiest was is to go online and search “calorie calculator”. Most, if not all, will use the Mifflin St. Joer equation which is appropriate. Plug in your height, weight, age, gender, and an activity level and viola! Calorie prescription! Another way is to sign up for myfitnesspal, sparkpeople, or loseit (all websites and free apps) put in your information and goals and you’ll receive a calorie goal. These three websites are also great at tracking calorie intake and calorie burn through exercise so that you can strive toward weight loss. As always, 1-2 #s weight loss a week is appropriate for most adults.