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Calorie Requirements Calculator

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Level Of Activity
Sedentary - no physical activity outside minimal Activities of Daily Living
Lightly Active - light housework, grocery shopping, leisurely walking
Moderately Active - gardening, dancing, brisk walking
Very Active - active physical sports, labor intensive jobs (construction)
Your Body Mass Index (BMI):

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure that converts height and weight using a formula that estimates degree of overweight based on total body mass and related fat mass. It provides a number that allows you to determine the degree to which your current weight places you at risk for various weight-related medical risks:

BMI Classification
18.5 or less Underweight
18.5 to 24.99 Normal Weight
25 to 29.99 Overweight
30 to 34.99 Obesity (Class 1)
35 to 39.99 Obesity (Class 2)
40 or greater Severe Obesity

Click here for more information on the health risks associated with increased BMI.

Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR):

Your basal metabolic rate is an estimate of the number of calories your body burns at rest at its current weight.

Your BMR times Activity Factor:

This number represents a rough estimate of the number of calories your body needs to maintain your current weight given the level of activity you have selected. Keep in mind this is just an estimate but it does provide a good starting point for you to set some initial calorie and exercise goals. Remember, if you increase physical activity and decrease calories to produce a combined energy deficit of 500 calories per day you will likely lose weight. Start by reducing by 500 to 1000 calories per day (don’t eat less than 1200). Get moving more too. Losing between 1 and 3 pounds per week is safe for most people. Once you see how you feel (hungry, tired) and how much weight you lose you can adjust your calorie and exercise goals accordingly.

*Note: Before starting any diet or exercise program, consult a qualified medical provider

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