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Counting calories

How can I figure how many calories I should be taking in every day?

How can I figure how many calories I should be taking in every day?

This boils down to a simple math equation. Your body requires a certain number of calories to function. Any additional calories end up stored as fat and, yes, they will wind up on your hips. So it’s a good idea to figure out how many calories you should be eating. Factors, such as your age, gender, activity level, and the shape you are in, all influence how many calories or how much energy your body needs. But it can get confusing to consider all of those variables. So I’m going to make it simple. Multiply your current weight by 11.4. This means if you weigh 140 pounds, you need 1,596 calories a day to fuel your body and maintain your weight. If you want to lose weight, aim for less than 1600 calories per day. You can determine your current calorie intake by adding up the number of calories per serving of all the foods you eat throughout the day. Nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages list calories, but pay close attention to portion size when you do your tallying. Calorie counts from other foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, can be found in those pocket calorie counter books you find at the supermarket checkout counters. Comparing how many calories you should take in, with how many calories you actually do take in, is good exercise to do. Use this information to help create a healthy, well-balanced diet. From Harvard, I wish you good health.

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