How many calories do you
really need? the number of calories you need depends on the following:
- Energy expended on work
(calories used to move)
- Basal metabolic rate
(calories needed at rest for body functioning)
- Adolescents and
children actually burn more energy per pound of body weight than an
- Men burn more calories
than women due to a larger muscle mass.
- Those with more active
thyroid glands will have a higher basal metabolic rate.
- basal metabolic rate
varies with monthly hormonal fluctuations.
Needed By You =
Meet Your Caloric Needs
Can Eat in The Following:
Maintaining a healthy weight is correlated to wellness and longevity.
How many calories you need to maintain this healthy weight means
consuming the calories during the day you need to match the calories
you burn to remain active. It is when there is a mismatch of these
numbers that weight gain occurs.
The number of calories estimated in the "how many calories" calculator
above is only very general and can
vary depending on the factors listed above. Energy is expended to
maintain functioning organs and an adequate core temperature. Energy is
needed to digest your food and derive more energy.
To estimate the energy required
you must take into account your
height, weight, gender, age, and activity level. The following
To achieve a balance between energy consumption and energy expenditure
one needs a balance of calories from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
- Sedentary - a person
who doesn't partake in activity beyond that which is required for daily
living such as doing laundry or housework, gardening, computer work, or
walking the dog.
- Lightly Active - this
person walks slow-moderately 2 miles a day
- Moderately Active
-this person walks moderately 7 miles a day
- Very Active - this
person walks 15 to 17 miles a day
- Extra Active - this
person partakes in strenuous activity daily through work or sports
In order to lose weight or gain weight we can modify our diets
accordingly. Gaining one pound of fat requires the consumption of 3500
calories; likewise if you want to lose a pound of fat you must modify
your diet to create a deficit over time.