So, with the New Year, quite often one of the main resolutions is to lose weight. I’m an advocate of losing weight IF YOU WANT TO. Not because you feel like you have to. There are so many reasons for wanting to shift some weight, and it isn’t solely down to because you hate the way you look. There are so many different ways to track your weight loss, from counting inches to counting calories, but have you ever worked out how many calories you should be eating? That’s not “you” as in any average adult man or woman, but you as an individual. Everyone needs a different amount of calories each day, which is influenced by their gender, age, height, and activity levels. If you want to work out what you should be eating, use this guide to find out how.
Find a Handy Calorie Counter
One of the easiest ways to get a figure that can help you is to use a calorie calculator. These will give you a rough estimate of how much you should be eating. You can also use calculators to work out your basic metabolic rate (how fast you burn calories) and your total energy expenditure.
Get Familiar With Some Important Things
It’s important to remember that a calorie calculator won’t be useful for everyone. It can help instead to understand your basic metabolic rate, which you can then multiply by a certain number depending on your energy expenditure. For example, if you’re lightly active, multiply your BMR by 1.375.
Decide Your Goals
Remember to consider your goals too. Do you want to gain weight, lose weight or just stay the same? Of course, if you have a specific goal, like building muscle, what you eat is just as important as how much.
Understand the Factors That Matter
Make sure you understand the things that affect how many calories you need. Everyone will need a minimum amount each day just to do things like sleeping, but every body is different. Your height, age, sex and activity levels all make a difference.
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