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How Many Daily Calories Do I Need?

Do you know your body’s daily calorie requirement? All labels provide exact calorie counts and fat content in food servings. You know how many calories in your drinks. You might also know how calories you burn through exercise. But do you know how many calories you should be eating to lose weight, or how many calories you should eat to maintain your current weight, or even gain weight? How to calculate your daily calorie needs? Most people have no clue, so we’ve got a really fast and easy way to know that.

Daily Calorie Requirement Calculator (thermophle@flickr)

There are many ways to calculate your daily requirement- also known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR) or resting metabolic rate. For really accurate estimates, you need fancy equipment and fancy mathematics. just need an estimate, since we don’t  So, for most of us, a fast and easy method to determine calorie needs is to multiply you total current body weight by the multiplier provided below:

Calorie intake for Weight loss
Sedentary Lifestyle: 20 calories per kg of body weight
Moderately Active Lifestyle: 25 calories per kg of body weight
Heavy Activity Lifestyle: 30 calories per kg of body weight

Calorie intake for Weight Maintenance
Sedentary Lifestyle: 25 calories per kg of body weight
Moderately Active Lifestyle: 30 calories per kg of body weight
Heavy Activity Lifestyle: 35 calories per kg of body weight

Calorie intake for Weight gain
Sedentary Lifestyle: 30 calories per kg of body weight
Moderately Active Lifestyle: 35 calories per kg of body weight
Heavy Activity Lifestyle: 40 calories per kg of body weight

Lifestyle Key
Sedentary Lifestyle: Not much activity.
Moderately Active Lifestyle: Varying between completely sedentary and some activity through the day (like working out in the gym).
Heavy Activity Lifestyle: Extremely active throughout the day

Due to an average lower body weight, women will require fewer daily calories than men. This is a very easy way to estimate caloric needs, but there are obvious drawbacks to this method because it doesn’t take into account, your body composition.

Because body fat percentage is not accounted for, this formula is not completely accurate. To know your exact (calorie requirement) Resting Metabolic Rate, call us or email us (info below), to get a Body Composition Analysis performed. Its a detailed report, on the fat, muscle, skeletal mass and detailed body analysis. And it takes 5 minutes.

Calculating calories from packaged food is easy, since they have clear nutrition labels. Knowing the calories for home cooked food requires some home work. You can also use Fitho’s calorie counter to search for your food, calculate its calories and see its full nutrition facts.

As mentioned above, this is not the most accurate method of determining your metabolic rate, but its an easy and fast way to guess your daily calorie requirement.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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