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Calorie Calculator
This provides information for weight maintenance. This is based on the information you provide (height, weight and age). If you are overweight or underweight, the calculation may be high or may be low. You can choose a healthy weight for yourself and use that weight in the calculation for a more realistic calorie level.
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Resting Calorie Requirements for basic body function such as breathing, digestion, before any activities):
Activity level:
Sedentary sits and stands most of the day; driving, computer work, ironing, cooking; rarely gets any physical activity
Lightly
Active
exercises or walks 3-5 times per week at a slow pace of 2.5 - 3 mph for less than 30 minutes per session; child care, garage work, electrical trades, golf
Moderately
Active
exercises or walks 3.5 - 4 mph for one hour 3-5 times per week; heavy housework, yard work, carrying a load, cycling, tennis, dancing
Very
Active
exercises 3-5 times per week for 1 hours per session; heavy manual labor such as construction work, digging, climbing, carrying a load uphill, professional sports
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This is an estimate of the calorie intake you need every day to maintain your current weight. Note that the calorie requirements increases as you are more active.

If you want to lose weight, subtract 500 calories per day for each pound you want to lose every week. Add 500 calories per day for each pound you want to gain every week. Theoretically this works because 1 pound of fat represents 3500 calories (500 calories per day multiplied by 7 days equals 3500 calories). Calorie levels of less than 1200 calories are not recommended and are too low to meet nutritional requirements. Weight loss of more than 2 pounds per week is not recommended.

For a more balanced approach to a 1 pound per week weight loss, increase your activity. Consider cutting calorie intake by 250 calories per day and exercising to expend (use up) the other 250 calories. This approach prevents a decrease in your metabolic rate and promotes increased lean muscle mass.

If you have questions regarding your weight and calorie intake, visit a registered dietitian.

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