Calorie Needs Based on Activity Level & Age

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Daily Caloric Need Based on Activity Lifestyle

To determine an approximate number of daily calories your body requires for good health you will need to define your current activity lifestyle.

Choose one of the following; refer to the chart below to determine your daily calorie needs.

Sedentary: light physical activity associated with typical day-to-day life.

Moderately Active: physical activity equivalent to walking about 1.5 to 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 miles per hour, in addition to the light physical activity associated with typical day-to-day life.

Active: physical activity equivalent to walking more than 3 miles per day at 3 to 4 miles per hour, in addition to the light physical activity associated with typical day-to-day life.

The following chart depicts the amount of energy values that is necessary to support body weight based on age.

Gender & Age

Activity Levels - Caloric Needs
Gender Age Sedentary Moderately Active Active
Child 2-3 1000 1000-1400 1000 - 1400
Female 4-8
9-13
14-18
19-30
31-50
51+
1200
1600
1800
2000
1800
1600
1400 - 1600
1600 - 2000
2000
2000 - 2200
2000
1800
1400 - 1800
1800 - 2200
2400
2400
2200
2000 - 2200
Male 4-8
9-13
14-18
19-30
31-50
51+
1400
1800
2200
2400
2200
2000
1400 - 1600
1800 - 2200
2400 - 2800
2600 - 2800
2400 - 2600
2200 - 2400
1600 - 2000
2000 - 2600
2800 - 3200
3000
2800 - 3000
2400 - 2800

In Summary

Keep in mind that all humans - even if they are the same height and weight - will have different caloric needs each day. We burn energy/kcals at different rates. Some of us are super active or super anti-activity.

While the data charge above is based solely on age it's a better idea to based daily calorie intake on height as well as age - in addition to body composition.

Also keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat and as we age we tend to accumulate more fat. So while we may weigh less it's a great idea to concentrate on keeping fat deposits in control.

It's a good idea to base your food intake and choices on how you feel during the day.

As a side note, a good deal of people find that they feel great when embracing the Mediterranean Diet and say that it's totally worth canceling heavily sugar-based foods from their meals. It's at least worth looking into.

Diet Bites has listed many of the most common spices related to better eating that can assist in jazzing-up your meals:

Spices Used for Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian Meals


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