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