This question is often asked, but there’s no easy answer. On average women need 2,000 calories per day and men 2,500, but since we are all different with differing activity levels, heights and body sizes, this guideline doesn’t always hold true because one size doesn’t fit all!
Eat for your needs
People who stay slender do so because they’re in ‘energy balance’. In other words, they (often unconsciously) eat the right amount of healthy food to meet their calorie needs. It’s a more natural state of being as opposed to constantly checking calorie content and living with restrictions.
This means eating the right amounts and types of foods to provide enough energy and nutrition for your particular activity level and situation. If you are sedentary you obviously won’t need as many calories as an athlete. Get the picture?
Eat for what you are about to do not for what you have done
The old adage of breakfast like a king still holds true because you will have the whole day burn it off. Lunch like a queen and dine like a pauper. Why? Because you are about to go to bed for which you need less energy.
And if you really have to count, here’s how to do it
There’s an equation that works how many calories you need based on your age, sex and level of activity, or just use a basic metabolic rate calculator to work it out