How Can I Determine How Many Calories I Should Be Eating?

In the world of fitness and weight loss one of the questions that always comes up is people asking how many calories they should be eating. The answer: it varies. Before you try to figure out how many calories you should be eating you need to be mindful of a few things:

  • Your age
  • Your gender
  • Your activity level
  • Your goals

As you can see, the number of calories that you need to achieve a loss of weight may be more or less than somebody else who has the same goals. Our bodies burn calories at different rates. So the question still remains then. How do you know how many calories to consume? There are basically two ways to come up with a number that can work for you.

Use a calculator. A weight loss calculator takes into account your age, gender, activity level and other important factors which you will enter into the calculator. It will then calculate the approximate number of calories that you should be consuming to achieve your personal goal.  Remember too that these types of calculators aren’t an exact science but will give you a great jumping off point to get you headed in the right direction.

Do a manual calculation. This fitness blog post will show you exactly how to manually calculate the number of calories you should be consuming based on your goal weight and activity level.

multiply your goal weight by 10 to get the bare minimum to live.
– add 300 to 400 for sedentary lifestyles
– add 400 to 700 for weight training
– add 800 to 1000 for hard gainers and runners.

No matter which method you use to determine how many calories you should be eating, adjustments may need to be made. For instance, if you follow the guidelines given to you and you still aren’t losing weight (or gaining weight if that’s your goal), then you will need to eat fewer to achieve a loss or more to achieve a gain. It all comes down to your goals and how quickly your body burns calories.


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  1. I like this post because it talks about the need for calculating how many calories you need. I hope many people read this post and use the formula and take action to control their health!

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  2. I like that it took into account age for the formula. It is important to know that our bodies burn less calories as we age. Thanks for the quality article!!! Keep them coming!

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