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Guesstimate Your Caloric Needs

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Function of Calories

Guestimate Your Calorie Needs The amount of calories in a diet refers to how much energy the diet can provide for the body. A well-balanced diet is one that delivers an adequate amount of calories while providing the maximum amount of nutrients.

A quick and simple way to determine calories for weight loss is to guess your body's needs - an educated guess, that is.

Calories Needed to Stay Alive

Just to stay alive, you require about ten calories per pound of body weight per day.

Therefore, an inactive 200-pound man requires a minimum of 2,000 calories a day.


Calories needed to stay alive

Some athletes burn so many calories that they need to take in 20 calories per pound.

For most people who are active at work and home, the ideal daily intake for weight maintenance is 12 to 15 calories per pound of body weight.

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