How Many Calories Do I Need Every Day?
Ah, the question that keeps popping up time after time again. There are so many ways to find out how many calories you need to lose weight, but unfortunately “many” doesn’t always equal good. It usually just equals confusion.
My advice up to this point has always been to eat less than you did on an “average” day before. That requires you to think back to yesterday or a couple of days ago, a regular day when you weren’t trying to lose weight, and find out how many calories you ate. Then, you’d subtract 500 from that figure.
That advice is still solid today and if you followed it you’d lose weight. However, as I’m all about simplicity, I’m throwing my weight behind a new way to calculate this daily number of calories you need to lose weight. It’s this simple equation:
Multiply your weight by 9 to find out the amount of calories you need to lose weight.
Update: No, I wouldn’t follow this formula if you had a low starting weight. Regardless of this advice, I wouldn’t recommend less than 1,200 calories a day.
This means if you weighed 200 pounds, you’d eat 1,800 calories a day. If you weighed 180, 1,620, and so on and so forth. Just pull out a calculator or multiplication table and play around with it — you’ll find it’s pretty accurate. Of course, this is just a guide, and doesn’t take into consideration your age, metabolism, body fat, etc, but for a starting point on day one, this is a very good formula to follow.
For those starting at a really high weight (300+), the amount of daily calories might seem high, but you’d still lose weight by following this formula because of the high amount of calories your body is currently taking in on a daily basis. While you might think you wouldn’t lose weight by eating 2,700 calories a day at 300 pounds, you would, just because your body is use to so much more. It wouldn’t be at an unbelievably quick pace, but it’d be at a healthy, sustainable pace.
So, if you’re confused, stuck in a rut, and not sure how many calories you need every day, consider this method as a great way to calculate your daily calories. You will find that it works well, and you can adjust as necessary down the road.