Calorie Goal Help Please! (Pretty Please?)

I don't mean to beat this subject to death, but I really need help!

I've been reading different sites about how many calories to eat in order to continually lose weight. I'm an intelligent person, but each sites tells me completely different things and it's become mind-numbing.

Basic info: My intermediate goal is to lose 72 more pounds. I am fairly sedentary and work out 2-3 times a week for 30-60 minutes (on the average) either walking, Wii Tennis or Wii Bowling. I joined MFP on 2/28/12 and have lost a whopping 4.4 pounds. (Prior to joining MFP, I 13.6 pounds since 1/2/12 which is reflected on my ticker).

For the first couple of weeks, I ate what MFP advised (1540) and lost 3.2 pounds. The following 2 weeks I gained 6.2 (I swear, I was eating healthy!) So, I lowered my calories to 1450 and lost 5.2, then re-upped to 1540 and lost 1.6. And that's where I am today.

MFP says I should eat 1540/daily calories in order to lose 2 pounds per week.
Fat2Fit says my BMR is 2022.
FitnessFrog says my TDEE is 2780.

I'm not sure whose formula to use or believe. Am I eating enough calories? Am I eating too many?
Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping me to figure this out! (I posted this before but didn't receive any replies).


  • autumnk921
    autumnk921 Posts: 1,376 Member
    I sent you a message on what you can do if you want.....I hope it helps but didn't want to advertise it b/c this person may not want 20 million
  • femmi1120
    femmi1120 Posts: 473 Member
    I know it can be super frustrating but I think you should keep trying different approaches (for a minimum of 2-4 weeks each) to get a better view of what's working for you. Remember weight doesn't factor in muscle gain, water retention, etc, so it's really hard to tell from trying it out for just 1 week.
  • dmouse0225
    dmouse0225 Posts: 104
    In My opinion, I think 1500 cals is a little low. Maybe try changing your goal to 1.5 or 1 lb a week, and see how many cals you are allowed. I have had mine set to 1 lb per week since I started, and have averaged 1.7 a week. Also, make sure to eat calories that you are burning off. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but it is true what they say... eat to lose!

    Looks like you are doing really well so far! I would just keep making small adjustments (as long as you always make sure you are eating enough!) until you find what works for you!

    Good luck!