28 Aug '16, 12pm

How much do you really know about calories?

How much do you really know about calories?

Though the USDA keeps a chart of estimated calorie needs per day by age, gender, and physical activity level , the long-standing guideline is this: For active adults age 31-50, men need 2,800 to 3,000 calories daily and women need around 2,200. Of course, the magic word is “active,” which varies per person and depends on factors like intensity and metabolic health (i.e., how effectively your body burns calories). For most exercise-conscious people, these numbers are a solid foundation. However, the more active you are, the more calories you need. How do you determine your specific needs? “Keep a food journal to record your daily calories for a week,” says sports nutritionist Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, author of Fueling Young Athletes . That way you can adjust your intake depending on how you feel. “If caloric intake satisfies your hunger and maintains your body weight goal...

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