Posted by: stormy | 2008/12/04

how many calories should i be having

hi doc im 20 yrs old i weigh 119kg' s im 1.75 m tall. in order to loose weight how many calories should i be consuming? im female. also how do i count my calories. im not sure how to do this, please help. also advise on the atkins diet is it safe to use? how much does it cost?

many thanx for your help

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Dear Stormy
Your current BMI = 38,9 which is in the obese range, so it would be excellent if you could lose some weight. Generally speaking adult women need to reduce their energy intake to about 1500 kcal/day to lose weight. Nowadays we don't really count calories any more, but rather recommend an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet’ and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and that you should increase your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life) for at least 30 min a day. While you are on the ‘Weight loss’ site, read about every aspect of slimming (Diet pills, slimming aids, psychological aspects, etc) by surfing on this site. Do a search with 'Atkins diet' when you are on the Diet site to read about the potential dangers of this type of diet.
Best regards

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