Calories Need A Day

March 28, 2010

Calories Calculator

Most of us do not count calories unless we need watch them for weight loss or weight gain.  I get asked the question how many calories should I eat each day all the time.  The calories you need depends on your health goal: to gain, maintain, or lose weight.  Hare are a few basic points on calorie needs.

There are 3,500 calories for each pound of body fat.

Let’s say you want to lose one pound a week. You need to eat 500 less calories each day than your body need for maintenance for seven days.  In reverse, to gain a pound a week you need to eat 500 more calories per day for seven days. Of course there is more to that but not within the scope of this blog post.  This free online calculator is for an estimation of calorie need for daily maintenance.  Healthcare professionals use more precise method for calorie estimation but this one is pretty good.

How to use this simple and free calorie calculator:

Enter your factual information. Here is a general rule for determining your physical activity level.

Sedentary: Chair-bound or bed-bound, activities of daily living only, no planned exercise activity.

Lightly Active: Activities of daily living plus seated work with little moving around and little or no strenuous leisure activity.

Moderately  active: Activities of daily living, plus the equivalent of walking 4,000 steps per day, or standing jobs with some walking.

Very active: Activities of daily living plus active walking job, with moderate sport activities 1-2 times a week.

Extremely  active:: Activities of daily living, plus vigorous exercise such as jogging, running, swimming, tennis, soccer, basketball, digging, or strenuous work most days of the week.

NOTE: Your calories need per day would be more for maintenance if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or with need for healing. Also, if you have digestive disease that effect nutrient absorption this calorie need calculator would not be accurate.  Consult your personal healthcare provider for further guidance.

Try out this Calorie Calculator

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