Shelley turned me on to Jillian Michaels radio show... and holy mother!.. finally some background info on The Biggest Loser. Guess how many calories the contestants are actually eating?
Keep in mind that they do workout 6 hours a day.
My mom guessed 2400.
I guess according to bariatric specialists that is the "sweet spot" for weight loss. My chin practically hit the floor. Listen to the 6/7 podcast to get the full story. BUT if you are like me and NEED TO KNOW I'll break it down for you:
Jillian breaks it down like this (for women)...
If you are OVER 60 pounds over weight = 800 calories/day
60 - 30 pounds overweight = 1200 calories/day (If you are losing from over this once you hit 60 pounds raise your calories 10% a week until you reach 1200.... about 4 weeks)
10-20 pounds to lose = 1500-1600 calories/day
vanity weight (less than 10) = use your BMR calculation as your daily allowance