[quote="purple_mog"]I figure this is the best place to ask

I'm trying to calorie count (first time for everything) partly as a way of focusing my eating on nutrient dense foods, plus hopefully losing some excess fat/weight.

Finding it tricky to work out my BMR (basal metabolic rate) as in I've found two different formulae, a bunch of webapps and then another website that takes into account activity levels, all of which give different answers. The standard NHS website suggests 1400 calories which frankly leaves me light headed and weird unless I am stationary and ill on the sofa!

So any recommendations would be appreciated

Secondly - if you are calorie counting, do you add up intake then subtract BMR, and subtract calories burned from exercise?

Apologies for the very basic questions!

On a good note - I'm loving the Appetite for Reduction cookbook

has been what I've found most accurate. It's aimed at bulking so you couldn't follow the maths exactly as it says. It adds your calories burnt through exercise onto everyday, since you don't train every day you end up with a surplus. I'd suggest you work it out as total calories required per week for maintenance, average it per day and start with 500 less per day, reduce as required.