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According to your weight calculator I need to eat 1845 calories a day to obtain my ideal weight of 110 pounds in 12.5 weeks. I'm female, 5'2", 22 years old and currently at 135 lbs. Do I really need to eat 1845 calories? That seems like a lot to me. I've been trying to limit my calorie intake to around 1300 calories a day. I exercise for 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. — Kristen, UT

Christine Palumbo


We're glad to have you aboard at FoodFit, Kristen. You are certainly on track with your fitness schedule. The Healthy Weight Calculator calorie recommendation is a guideline for you to use. It allows slow, steady weight loss. It may be enough calories for you to lose about a pound a week. Why don't you try it for a few weeks to see how it works? If it's too many calories you can always cut back by a few hundred calories each day. 1300 calories is probably too low for someone as active as you.


About Christine Palumbo

Christine Palumbo, MBA, RD has been a nutrition communications consultant since 1989, providing dietary counsel and analysis on various nutrition, health and weight management topics to corporate clients and news media outlets nationwide. An active member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the Illinois Dietetic Association, Chicago Dietetic Association for more than twenty years, she has served on a variety of boards and practice group committees within those organizations. In 1981 and 1982, Palumbo was honored by the Chicago Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association, respectively, as the Recognized Young Dietician of the Year.

Palumbo has been featured as the expert speaker in numerous national health panels and has published many articles and pamphlets regarding nutrition and healthcare. She has been featured in national women's, health and business magazines, daily newspapers and local and national radio programs. Palumbo has also appeared on numerous local and national TV news programs, including a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 on the health benefits of drinking water.

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