Do you know your body’s daily calorie requirement?
You want to lose weight? Simple, all you have to do is watch your calories.
Start by reading the labels of foods you are eating or you can also use Fitho’s calorie counter to search for your food, calculate its calories and see its full nutrition facts. Similarly for exercise you can get an approximate idea of the amount of calories burnt by an activity calculator.
But before you start counting lets help you take stock of how many calories should you be eating to lose weight?
First step is identifying your current physical activity, second is getting to know how many calories do need to eat, lastly what is your ideal body weight for your height. So lets take this step by step:
Identify Your Lifestyle
Sedentary Lifestyle: This lifestyle is defined by in sufficient physical activity or exercise for what is generally considered healthy living. It means that any person who spends majority of the day sitting or lying down leads a sedentary lifestyle. Any person engaging in less than 2 hours a week of physical activity can be put under this activity.
Moderately Active Lifestyle: Varying between completely sedentary and some activity through the day (like working out in the gym). A minimum of 2 and a half hours of physical activity per week is considered a moderately active lifestyle.
Heavy Activity Lifestyle: Spending minimum of 1 hour & 15 minutes a week engaging t in vigorous physical activity that leads to sweating or heavy breathing that makes it difficult for you to talk is classified as heavy activity.
Calorie intake for Weight loss
Sedentary Lifestyle: 20 calories per kg of your ideal body weight
Moderately Active Lifestyle: 25 calories per kg of your ideal body weight
Heavy Activity Lifestyle: 30 calories per kg of your ideal body weight
What is your Ideal body Weight
Incase you don’t know your ideal body weight, then you can checkout the FitHo ideal body weight calculator and then estimate your calories based on it.
There is a gender difference when it comes to measuring and allocation calories for an individual. Since women have an average lower body weight than men, women will require fewer daily calories than men.
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