Are you looking to get better results with your weight loss? It’s important to know how many calories you should be eating!
One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How many calories should I be eating each day?”
That is a tricky question, and one I can’t answer right away. How much you should be eating depends on a lot of factors:
- Current weight
- Your height
- Your goals (lose weight, maintain weight, gain weight.)
- Your activity level
While eating a certain amount of calories each day is important to reach your goals, it’s not as black and white as calories in vs. calories out. YES, that has a LOT to do with your results, but you also have to remember that the type of calories you are eating play a part as well. So if you are eating clean 85-90% of the time, then let’s figure out how much you should be eating…
HOW MANY CALORIES YOU SHOULD BE EATING
Calculate your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) – this is the number of calories you need to eat just in order to survive.
Your current weight x 10 = RMR
Calculate your Daily Activity Burn (DAB) – this is the number of calories you burn based on your daily activities (NOT including your workout.)
Sedentary (i.e. desk job) RMR x 10% = DAB
Active (i.e. waitress) RMR x 20% = DAB
Very active (i.e. construction worker) RMR x 30% = DAB
Add your calories burned from your daily workout (DW.) If you aren’t sure, click here to find out the average calories burned for different types of activities. *Personally, I wear a chest strap heart rate monitor so I know exactly how many calories I burn during my workouts. This will be the most accurate.
Subtract your calorie deficit (CD) or add your calorie surplus (if you want to gain weight) or don’t do anything else (if you want to maintain your weight.) A deficit of 500 calories per day averages to a loss of about 1 pound per week.
Put the numbers together.
RMR + DAB + DW – CD = Your Calorie Target
**Remember to NEVER drop below 1500 calories. Your body will go into starvation mode and store fat which is NOT what you want!** We want you to get those hormones in balance, and eating below that is going to slow things down and lead to binging later on.
A great site that I recommend if you want to look at different calorie calculators is at freedieting.com