The most common question I get is as a Dietitian is, “how many calories should I be eating”? And as we approach holiday season, I realized this may be the optimal time to talk about what calories are, how many you need, and how to adjust them to meet your weight goals.
What are calories? Calories are the way we can measure how much energy is in the food we eat. For example, an apple may have ~75 calories while apple pie may have ~250 calories.
How many do you need? How many calories you need will depend on many factors such as: height, weight, age, gender, activity level and your weight goals. Health professionals often times, use calculations that take all these elements into account. Try your hand at calculating your own calorie requirements below!
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