Calculate Calorie Needs
Article by Diet Bites
A nifty calculator to help determine daily calorie needs
Keep in mind that many things impact our daily calorie needs and the following is merely a tool to help determine such and is not intended to take the place of your doctor's advice.
Age & Energy Needs
You will start by identifying your gender and then your age. The reason why these two elements are important in defining your personal needs is because the older the individual, the less caloric (or energy) intake will be required as the body slows due to ageing. It's a normal process and is often associated with unwanted weight gain.
As we age, we tend to continue our same eating pattern - and that's why it is called a pattern. We are familiar with it and we become locked into a situation with is both satisfying and agreeable with the body. It's a most favorable situation as long as the individual doesn't over-consume in the area of food and drink.
But something happens as time goes by; the human body starts to slow down - and not only where activity is involved. The interior also begins to break down. Cells can't mend as quickly as in the past; our ageing metabolism isn't able to process as efficiently as it once did - and so forth. Of course, there are two simple solutions but they aren't as simple to accomplish in real life as they are to put to paper.
1. Ramp-up activity level to accommodate the slower metabolic rate.
2. Decrease energy sources going into the body.
Unfortunately, if one or the other - or a combination of both isn't followed, then middle-age spread becomes part of the equation.
Most men require more daily calories than women due to having more muscle mass which requires more energy to support than fat. In addition, should you choose to increase your activity level whether dieting or not - and whether you are male or female - you'll be able to enjoy more kcals if your body contains more muscle mass.
Try plugging in your personal criteria using our calculator below and if you're male, see the suggestions for female - and vice versa. The differences in energy intake can be quite significant.
The more the body weighs, the more energy it requires to support. When values are decreased, that decrease is measured on the weighing scales.
Level of Activity
The more that you move, the more values you'll require. Every little move that you make burns fuel (food, drink).