A. Your weight in pounds.
B. Multiply A by 12 to get your basic calorie needs.
C. Multiply B by to estimate your resting metabolic rate (calorie burn without factoring in exercise).
D. Strength training: Multiply the number of minutes you lift weights per week by 5.
E. Aerobic training: Multiply the number of minutes per week that you run, cycle, and play sports by 8.
F. Add D and E, and divide by 7.
G. Add C and F to get your daily calorie needs.
H. Add 500 to G. This is your estimated daily calorie needs to gain 1 pound a week.
Hi Mia: No, the meals are not complex! There are lots of awesome yummy, healthy, and quick recipes in both books (“Choose to Lose” and “Choose More, Lose More for Life”), and you might be able to find them in your library. There’s an awesome graphic in this post (as well as some other helpful info) that shows you how to put all your carb cycling meals together as well as calorie recommendations: http:///4514 . And follow the links in this post for ideas on foods you can choose: http:///2713 . And congrats on losing all those pounds – that’s awesome!