What is "ideal" will differ depending on your age, height, weight, activity level and goals. There are a lot of different calculators online and when you plug your data into different ones, the results may vary by a couple hundred calories. Individual people's requirements may vary by at least that much as well. I use the LoseIt app, but there are lots of others. If you want to track calories, I would recommend doing more than just calculating how many calories you need to lose X lbs per week. Calculate the number of calories needed to maintain your current weight, to maintain your goal weight and your basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you'd burn in a coma). Theoretically, a deficit of 500 calories per day below the number required to maintain your current weight will give you 1 lb per week of weight loss. These will all be estimates, but they give you a feel for where a workable budget for you will fall. One number is not enough information to make the choices that will help you develop a sustainable way of eating.
Originally Posted by tinacristina
A lot of people here are big fans of certain macro ratios. I lost weight steadily from 60-40% carbs, 25% protein and the rest fat. I actually lost faster at the higher carb ratios, but I was fatter then too, so it's not really fair to say much about the effect of carbs. Since I started counting calories in April, I've averaged about 1300 per day, ranging from 1000-2000 according to my appetite. So in the beginning, I ate 150g of carbs many days. Lately, I am more in the 75-100g range. I don't really aim for a particular ratio. I just focus on choosing good quality, nutrient dense foods that I enjoy and that keep me feeling full. I also eat dairy, fruit and probably too much alcohol.
Once I get down to 130lbs, I will probably push a little harder on macros, sketchy primal foods and building lean muscle mass. For now, I feel like I've got my hands full where I am.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related