That’s a question that might be a little deceptive. Generally speaking, people might think when they are on a diet, that the answer to that question would be, “As little as possible.” Well, that’s not true. As I’ve said before, you might need to eat more than you think.
What you need to know is your daily caloric needs, which is based on your BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate, and you can find it, along with lots of other bits of information that will help you on your diet here.
Once you compute your caloric needs, you’ll see three different results:
- Fat Loss
- Extreme Fat Loss
Maintenance is the level at which you should eat if you want to maintain your weight at the activity level you selected. Also, at that same activity level, if you want to start losing fat at a healthy rate (1 – 2 lbs per week), you should eat at the Fat Loss level. Now, for some reason they also provide an Extreme Fat Loss level, even though they, and pretty much all experts would advise you to not eat at that level.
This site, and the site I mention here are not to be used as replacements for consulting with your doctor, dietitian, trainer, or other experts. This is merely my struggle, story, and process, and it worked for me.
There. That was my attempt at a disclaimer, just in case I need one.
Play around with all the information you can find on that site, it’ll be a huge resource for you as you start and go along on your own journey.