we can discuss what it would or could be for anyone posting here, but lets start with me for a sec.
Last weekend's weigh in was 178.
While I have a big frame, I stlil have a lot of BF to lose. When I'm skinny (I never have been!) I will still have broad shoulders, big hands, long arms and big feet. My build is more like my brother than my mom and my sis, actually.
I work out 3x a week and can adapt to just about any kind of food plan, whether its calorie cycling, low cals, whatever. I've been better about eating the thermogenics stuff and protein like fish and meat.
I'm just looking to find out what works as far as what foods I should focus on and the energy intake (amount of calories I scoff).
While I do have the occasional slice of pizza or something, I feel that I am in better shape than I have been, and can stay so despite that. I have never been an "emotional eater" or attached to sugary things. If anything the calorie-dense stuff I like is mexican food and pizza. While these can be high in carbs, they aren't sweet per se. I hardly ever eat any chocolate or desserts.
I didnt get to my max because of eating out of distress. It was more 2 pregnancies and just not being mobile enough and also having a body that doesnt work for me. I'm determined to change that now.
What is a good calorie intake estimate for someone like me to lose weight *with* going to the gym and doing cardio/weights 3x/wk?