How to Figure out your Maintenance Calories

I spent a good portion of my 20s in some sort of diet.  This is pretty crazy considering I have never been overweight, but I have always been chasing a tighter and more toned physique.  At one point an ex-boyfriend of mine commented, maybe you are eating too few calories, at which point I became obsessed with finding my maintenance calories.  I tried all sorts of calorie calculators, and even a fit bit, but there were conflicting results.

So how do you reconcile the conflicting results of maintenance calorie equations and fit bit outputs?

Keep it simple:

1)take a shot at a good number (for most 15-17X your body weight)

2) implement this for 2 weeks and observe.  This article changed the way I thought about maintenance calories and is ultimately why I picked NLPT

Detailed instructions on how to calculate your maintenance:

Once you confirm you are at maintenance now you can strategically adjust your calories for your fitness goals.  If you have been in a deficit for a long time like I was, it is probably worth holding steady at maintenance for at least a month or two to give your body a break from always dieting.

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