I've never before been a calorie counter, though sometimes a carb counter, but for some reason I got all reactionary and refused to count calories... til now.
I'm hitting some kind of pre-menopausal metabolic brick wall, and can't seem to lose anything by my traditional methods (reduce refined carbs, increase exercise.) So now I'm calorie counting. And exercising a LOT more.
My BMI is 25.6 with my weight at 154 and my age at 44.
So, can someone tell me a good resource for calculating how many calories per day I need to maintain a metabolic incentive to lose, not move my body into a starvation-type thing where it holds onto weight, but still reduce enough to lose?
I'm using sparkpeople and I find their calorie counter to overestimate compared to my food package labels, but I guess that's fine. I'm sure this is an extremely inexact science. But their feedback button told me that less than 1200 per day might cause my body to hold weight rather than lose (I was at 900 that day.) So I added some fruit, brought it up close to 1200, and the next day saw my weight increase. Ahem! Might I just be someone who needs less than their computer figures?
Your advice and experience would be appreciated!