Health & Fitness This is how many calories your body *actually* needs in a day

09:10  09 february  2018
09:10  09 february  2018 Source:   Netdoctor (UK)

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This isn't how many calories you should eat in a day ! It's the minimum number of calories your body needs to simply ~exist~ — basically, to keep your organs running. ( Most people typically move a bit more than that, which is why you need to eat a bit more than this .

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This simple sum tells you just how many calories you need in a day © Westend61 / Getty This simple sum tells you just how many calories you need in a day We all know that the average women should be consuming 2,000 calories in a day, while men need 2,500. But just how true is that, exactly?

Well, the true number of calories you need all depends on your height, along with other factors such as how much exercise you do and how fast your metabolism is.

But experts have come up with something they believe is far more accurate than the current GDA (guideline daily amount) and, as it turns out, you may end up needing more calories than you think.

While it's always assumed that simply eating less is the key to weight loss, this isn't always the case when taken to extremes. Starving the body can actually prompt it to cling onto fat cells and put a stop of muscle growth, with your brain preparing your body for famine.

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Lose weight with these 8 little changes. How many calories do you need ? Your calorie needs depend on your weight, height, age While calorie needs vary greatly by person, women tend to need 1,600 to 2,400 calories per day , and men typically require between 2,000 and 3,000.

This is how many calories your body uses every day just to stay alive and keep everything working (your heart beating, your brain thinking, your eyelids blinking and everything else your body constantly needs to do).

Now we all know that isn't good at all so, if you are intrigued, you may find this little sum rather interesting...

First you need to calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) using The Schofield Calculator. This is the number of calories your body needs to survive if you were literally lying in bed all day.

  This is how many calories your body *actually* needs in a day © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Pick your age bracket for your sex and jump on the scales to find out your exact weight (W) in kilos. Then, follow this formula:


10-17 years BMR = 13.4 x W + 692 

18-29 years BMR = 14.8 x W + 487

30-59 years BMR = 8.3 x W + 846


10-17 years BMR = 17.7 x W + 657

18-29 years BMR = 15.1 x W + 692

30-58 years BMR = 11.5 x W + 873

So for example, if you're a 22-year-old female who weighs 63kg, you take 14.8 x 63 + 487. This then equals a Basal Metabolic Rate of 1,419.4 calories a day.

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How many calories are in a pound? Let’s add one more parameter to our equation which is 1 pound of fat = 3500 calories aprx. Note: This is not how many calories you consume per day but how many calories your body needs to function.

But how many calories does the body actually need in order to be healthy? This largely depends on the amount of physical activity a person performs each day , and regardless of this , is different for all people – there are many different factors involved, not all of which are well-understood or known.

Next, take this figure and apply it to one of the following activity scores. But before you get excited, bear in mind that 'inactive men and women' actually applies to most people in the UK. If you counteract sitting at a desk all day by hitting the gym five times a week, however, you're considered 'moderately active'.

BMR x 1.4 inactive men and women: A person who does not have a physically demanding job, for example predominantly desk bound. Their lifestyle would not include any form of structured exercise, and would be generally low intensity.

BMR x 1.6 moderately active women/ 1.7 for men: A person with a more physically demanding job or a job the involving lot of walking. They would also perform some structured, moderate intensity exercise approximately three times per week.

BMR x 1.8 very active women/ 1.9 for men: A person who performs intense exercise for one hour per day or whose job is very physically demanding and also performed some structured exercise.

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The first thing people usually ask is how many calories they should be eating. How Much Do You Actually Need ? A multitude of factors are taken into account, including the heat your body uses and the amount of Now that we have your BMR, we will need to factor in your total activity for the day .

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So back to that 22-year-old woman who weighs 63kg; if she's gyms it up three times a week and works as a nurse, for example, then that'll give her a daily intake of 2,271.

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