Get Healthy: How Many Calories Do You Really Need?

With all the information floating around about weight loss, calories, carbs, and fat, it can be hard to decipher what’s fiction and what’s fact.

The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is balancing calories in and calories out. If you consume the same number of calories as you burn each day, then you will maintain your current weight. This is your personal calorie limit.

Your personal calorie limit is dependent on your age, sex, height, weight, and activity level. The chart below gives estimates for the total number of calories you need each day. If you only do light physical activity associated with normal daily life, like cooking and walking to the mailbox, then choose the “not active” calorie range. “Somewhat active” means that you spend about 30 minutes per day walking quickly or some other form of exercise, and “very active” means that you spend 40 minutes or more exercising every day.

Find out how many calories you should take in each day!

You can also calculate your calorie needs using online calculators, such as the USDA’s SuperTracker website.

eMeals offers a wide range of meal plans to help you eat healthy and save money and time in the New Year. Be sure to check out our new Healthy Breakfast plan and the Healthy Lunch plan. Use the coupon code NEWYEAR to save 15% now!

11 thoughts on “Get Healthy: How Many Calories Do You Really Need?

  1. Alice

    I referred a friend to eMeals, and this was her question to me – whether nutritional information was provided. I’m not sure she will sign up for it without this info.

  2. Daniel

    I just signed up and was pretty dissapointed to learn nutritional information is not included with the meals. To be honest I likely would not have signed up had I known that before. It seems crazy that it’s not a part of the current service. I have a year’s long membership so I hope the inclusion of that information will be rectified before my subscription runs out. That will be a huge determining factor as to whether I extend my subscription or not.

    1. Heather Brown

      Sorry about this, Daniel. We hope to incorporate this in the future. Hang tight with us and perhaps use an app like My Fitness Pal to help you keep track of the nutrition facts. Enjoy!

      1. Trent

        This is the reason I’m not signing up….yet. I don’t want to have to download “more” apps, or seek out 3rd party programs to figure out what you guys should already be including. I’m willing to be that most of your current customer base and your potential customer base (like me) will agree. You guys run the company. I’m the paying customer. You can do what you want, but I’m telling you…you won’t get any of my money until comprehensive nutritional information for each recipe comes with the meals plans. I’m most interested in the Paleo plan, so if you could do that one first, that would be great. :)

  3. Valerie Duckery

    I would really like to sign up to recieve meal plans. I do believe it would be worth it to save some time. However, I have been reading the comments that nutrition information is not available for the meal plans and recipes. This is very important when following a healthy lifestyle. I know that I could use an online tracker such as fitness pal (I already do) But then I am no longer saving time by having to add all the ingredients for each meal to get an accurate calorie count. I might as well continue or go back to planning my own meals (same amount of time) With this being said, I would be more likely to sign up if nutrition information was avaible for each of the meals. I am looking forward to this critical addition.

  4. Beth Walldorf

    I agree with the above posts. I like that you have a variety of diets to meet the specifict ‘trends’ that people may be looking for, but I think most people really don’t care which diet plan they are on as long as it simplifies their life and helps them lose weight. I really don’t want to sacrifice on flavor, honestly, so I wouldn’t care if my diet had carbs or fast in them…although I would like them balanced. If it is problematic to provide the nutritional content and calories for all the meal plans you offer why don’t you offer at least one that is called ’500 calories or less’. Offer it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner plans. If it was flavorful and portions and calories were indicated then I would get on that plan. Thanks for listening!

    1. Jessica Cox, RD Post author

      Beth – Thanks for the suggestions on plans. We do hope to provide nutrition information for plans in the future, and will certainly take into consideration your suggestion of a calorie-specific plan. In the meantime, you may be interested in checking out our Portion Control plans. These plans are generally well-balanced and flavorful low-calorie meals.

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