I followed a link from another post here that calculates your daily caloric needs using the Harris Benedict formula. I understand that online calculators certainly aren't accurate for everyone because we're all different but I'm sort of floundering around here on how many calories I need.
In a nutshell I usually eat around 1400 calories a day with an occasional higher day (around 2000) followed by a lower (around 1200-1300). I work out an average of 4 times a week at the gym, usually 2 days weight lifting (with a short cardio warmup) and 2 days just cardio, I'm usually there for 40 minutes to an hour. I work in a lab so I'm on my feet standing and walking around most of the day but no real physical labor.
What this all comes down to is that I'm losing at a snails
pace since I started exercising 3 weeks ago (and in truth I was losing pretty darn slow before that too!), I've only lost about a pound (and then put 3 back on thanks to a Memorial Day binge! I'm crossing my fingers that it's mostly water weight).
Do you think I'm not getting enough calories? The Harris Benedict formula says I should be taking in 2578 calories to maintain my weight, so in theory to lose 1 lb. a week I should be eating 2000 or to lose 2 lbs. a week I should be eating 1500, but that's around what I'm eating! I'm pretty positive I'm not having calories "sneaking" into my diet. I drink only water and keep track of everything I eat, even when I have "just 1 bite" of something I count it in. I've also been taking my measurements and have not lost anything in inches in the past month.
This is very tough, very frustrating. I'm not in danger of stopping or giving up, I'm still committed and motivated to keep going but I just want to see things start moving in the right direction! Should I increase my calories? If so, by how much? up to 1800 maybe? That sounds so high!