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Daily Caloric Intake Calculator

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 29, 2012 at 5:23 AM

Im having trouble with the amount of calories my body needs. I put in the same height, weight, age etc on 10 different calculators and they all give me a different answer. Maybe there isn't a correct formulation? Is there website you trust and recommend? I appreciate any help. Thanks and have a great weekend:)

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full. You don't really need to figure out your caloric needs if you aren't overweight because your body's signalling is intact. If you are than follow the rec. of Andrea below.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:20 PM

But I agree BMI is useless for athletic people.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I disagree. At 6" and 183, 6% bodyfat, you would look like a f-ing beast. You would be surprised. I weigh 144 at 5'7" and look bigger and better than when I was pushing 160. currently 5% BF

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on July 13, 2012
at 11:50 AM

I use the Calculator at cronometer.com I feel like it is fairly accurate, but you have to be aware of the each component of what you are eating and enter them individually. I eat fairly simply, so it works well for me. I have a tendency to be too thin, so this helps me keep up with my calories to make sure I am getting enough. It also calculates fat, carbs, protein, and individual nutrients. Like UncleLongHair posted above, I go way below the "recommended" caloric intake. I am 5'10", 135lb 50-year old female and I usually intake 1200-1500 calories a day and I exercise at least 5 days a week.

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on July 27, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Maybe there isn't a correct formulation?

You answered your own question.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Most calculators are wrong and they don't factor in body composition or nutrition composition. If you have a higher percentage of lean bodymass you generally, but not always, burn more calories. but if you are obese, and active, you will burn more calories than if you weigh less and do the same activity. Also, calculators don't factor in your nutrition composition. Different macronutrients and micronutrients affect your metabolism also. There is no real formula. There are just general guidelines.

Feel free to give me your height, weight, bodycomposition, and daily activities averaged for a week, and I will give you some suggestions.

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on July 13, 2012
at 11:05 AM

I am 6' 215# and comfortably eat about 1200-1400 calories per day. That is about half what is "recommended" by online calculators and books and such. If I ate the 2000-2500 calories per day that was recommended, I'd gain weight fast. I think they are just guidelines and can vary a LOT per person.

Same thing for the BMI, according to those numbers my BMI is 29.2 and I'm overweight. However I've recently lost about 15-20 pounds and 5 inches on my waist (which is about 33-34), I certainly don't look fat, I'm pretty fit, and am not carrying around a lot of extra fat, maybe 5-10 pounds. To get down to the maximum "normal" BMI I'd have to weigh 183. If I lost 32 pounds I'd look like a famine victim. So I don't really accept that guideline either.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:20 PM

But I agree BMI is useless for athletic people.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I disagree. At 6" and 183, 6% bodyfat, you would look like a f-ing beast. You would be surprised. I weigh 144 at 5'7" and look bigger and better than when I was pushing 160. currently 5% BF

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:05 AM

Those calculators are good across large numbers of people, but not too good with individuals, except to establish an estimate. For individual accuracy you can record your food intake for a week. Assuming your weight is stable, your average caloric intake equals your average metabolic rate.

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:33 PM

Live strong daily plate is close to accurate for maintenance calories for me when I put in my measurements. It's got by far the best food library for tracking intake too. 6', 32 years, male. Active. 168-170 pounds. Fit. About 2300 will maintain weight.

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