Are you trying to gain size, gain muscle or reduce body weight? Depending on your primary goal, the amount of calories you consume daily should change.
How many calories should I consume daily?
Two of the main reasons for many people to become overweight are, eating too many calories and lack of daily exercise or activity.
The primary goal of this website is to help you lose weight. Therefor, in this article, we will discuss about ‘how many calories you should consume daily, if you are trying to lose body fat’.
For most of us, modern diet contains lot of fat. Most fast food items contain lot of calories compared to the portion size. An average person should consume about 2200-2500 calories daily, to maintain their present weight. A Big Mac burger contains 540 calories and a portion of large french fries contains over 500 calories. You should be able to realize how bad fast food can be if your primary goal is to lose body weight.
Our bodies need fat. A diet would not be healthy or complete without the proper amount of fat in it as fat is needed in the production of certain hormones, used as a source of energy and facilitates the process of protein synthesis. Therefor, your diet should contain fat but you should be avoiding food items with excess amounts of fat in order to achieve your weight loss goals. An average persons daily fat intake should be, 0.4 grams per every pound of body weight.
Depending your body weight, age, gender and activity level, daily calorie requirements will change from person to person. Under any circumstances, the amount of calories you consume a day should not go below 1200.
To lose a pound of body fat, you should cut down approximately 3500 calories from your diet. This cannot be done in one day. As an example, if your daily calorie requirement is 2500 (as described in above paragraph, this number depends on your weight, height, age, gender and activity level), if you decrease the amount of calories you eat by 500 every day, you will lose one pound of body fat in one week.