How Many Calories should I Eat a Day

If you want to lose weight, gain weight or maintain your current weight, you need to know how many calories you should eat in a day. To calculate this first you need to know how many calories you burn each day while resting and during physical activity. Once you find out how many calories you need to eat to achieve your goal, you simply need to monitor your daily food and drink intake closely.
how many calories should i eat a day
how many calories should i eat a day

How Many Calories should I Eat a Day

Follow the following steps to calculate how many calories should you eat in a day to keep you healthy.
  • Weigh yourself in pounds on a reliable scale. Convert your weight to kilograms by multiplying your weight in pounds by 0.4536. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, multiply 150 by 0.4536 to get 68 kilograms.
  • Measure your height in inches. Convert your height to centimeters by multiplying your height in inches by 2.54. For example, if you are 66 inches tall, multiply 66 by 2.54 to get 168 centimeters.
  • Calculate your resting energy expenditure--the calories you burn per day while resting--using the following formula.
    Formula for Female
    (10 × weight in kilograms) + (6.25 × height in centimeters) - (5 × age in years) - 161;
    Formula for Male
    (10 × weight in kilograms) + (6.25 × height in centimeters) - (5 × age in years) + 5.
    For example, using the weight and height from above, if you are a 40-year-old female, your resting energy expenditure equals (10 × 68) + (6.25 × 168) - (5 × 40) - 161, which comes to 1,769 calories per day.
  • Multiply your resting energy expenditure by a physical activity factor to calculate your total energy expenditure. If you exercise less than three times per week, use 1.12 for your physical activity factor if you are female and 1.11 if you are male.If you exercise three to five times per week, use 1.27 if you are female and 1.25 if you are male; and if you exercise more than five times per week, use 1.45 if you are female and 1.48 if you are male.  Using the same example, if you exercise three to five times per week, your total energy expenditure equals 1,769 × 1.27, or 2,247 calories per day, which is the number of calories you should eat to maintain your weight of 150 pounds.
  • Subtract 500 to 1,000 calories from your total energy expenditure if you want to lose about 1 to 2 lb. per week. Conversely, add 500 to 100 calories to your total energy expenditure if you want to gain 1 to 2 pounds per week. Therefore, following the same example, if you want to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, eat between 1,247 and 1,747 calories per day.

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