Not all calories are created equal. In terms of the energy they deliver, all calories are equal. However, the body uses each macronutrient differently. The right amount of calories from each source is very important to ensure the body can function properly.
Every person requires a different amount of calories per day. Here’s how you determine your daily calorie intake :
Step 1 : Find your Basic Metabolic Rate
- Women : 655 + (4.35 x weight (lbs)) + (4.7 x height (inches)) – (4.7 x age (years))
- Men : 66 + (6.23 x weight (lbs)) + (12.7 x height (inches)) – (6.8 x age (years))
Step 2 : Determine your Activity Level
- Sedentary (Little to no exercise) : 1.2
- Lightly Active (Light exercise (1-3 days/week)) : 1.375
- Moderately Active (Moderate Exercise (3-5 days/week)) : 1.55
- Very Active (Hard Exercise (6-7 days/week)) : 1.725
- Extra Active (Very Hard Exercise and Physical Job 7 days/week) : 1.9
Step 3 : BMR x Activity Level = Calorie Intake
- Number of calories one should consume daily to maintain current weight
Hope this helps.