How Much Calories Should I Eat?

How much Should I Eat in Order for me to Lose Weight?

So how much food/calories does one have to eat in order to lose weight? Before we can answer this question. There are many factors in determining the ideal amount of calorie intake for a person in order to lose weight. Some of these factors are:

  • weight
  • age
  • height
  • activity levels

There are various Calorie calculators online that you can use to determine your ideal calorie intake. Here are two of the calculators I base my regime on.

And here is a general chart for ya’ll

But of course this may not be applicable for all due to the different body types that each of us have. Its still best to ask a professional with regards to this. This chart and the calculator is a good way to get a general ideal of what how much you need to eat.
Here is an excerpt I got from a random google search some time ago that i had saved in a word document

The first thing you need to do for lose weight is determinate the calories that you need a day.
The second is begin cut down the extra calories means change your diet and make exercises for burn these extra calories.
You need cut down 500 calories a day to lose 1 pound a week or 1,000 calories a day to lose 2 pounds a week (1 and 2 pounds a week is considered safe rate to lose weight).

It ‘s important to understand the connection between the calories your body takes in (through the foods you eat and the beverages you drink) and the calories your body uses (through normal body functions, daily activities, and physical activity).

You need check if you are eating food with the calories that you need per day, you can find this answer in the post how many calories you should I eat? in this site, after you find the exact number of calories that you should eat, if you need 1500 calories per day and you are eating 5000 calories per day, you need burn 3500 calories.

This translate in burns 500 calories a day to lose 1 pound a week or 1,000 calories a day to lose 2 pounds a week , you can cut down the intake of 500 calories a day or burn with exercises this 500 extra calories or just eating 250 calories fewer a day and burn 250 calories with exercises or being more active. (Your doctor can help you determine what kind of exercise program is right for you)change your diet and make exercises for burn these extra calories, you need make physically active, at a moderate intensity at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
Choose the most nutritionally rich foods you can from each food group each day – those packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients, but lower in calories. Pick foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products more often.
Calorie balance is like a scale. To remain in balance and maintain your body weight, the calories consumed (from foods) must be balanced by the calories used (in normal body functions, daily activities, and physical activity)

Well that was quite a mouthful. So basically find out your ideal calorie intake using the calculator or charts I posted above and then create a calorie deficit. If your goal is to lose more weight, you will try to consume foods with fewer calories than your body’s metabolism can burn. This will allow your body to burn the stored fat in your body as a result of consuming fewer calories. The other way would be to engage in activities that will allow you to burn more calories. This can help increase your body’s metabolism rate which in turn will cause your body to burn more calories than it otherwise would.

For me I try to limit myself to 1000-1200 calories in order to lose the maximum of 2lbs in a week.

I hope this helps a bit. I’m not really in the mood to write this article. A facebook follower asked this question and it was way to dificult to explain via wall post reply so I figured to just write this anyway. I’m thinking of revising this in the future.

Feel free to comment and add on to this article.


12 thoughts on “How Much Calories Should I Eat?

  1. Amanda

    Or, if you’re slow in math like ME 🙂 does all the calculations for you! Enter all the important information, weight, height, how many pounds you’d like to use and they will calculate:
    “Amanda needs to consume X amount of calories daily and burn X amount of calories to get to Xlb goal weight.”
    Nifty little thing it is.


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