Daily Calorie Calculator

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Daily Calorie Calculator

Daily Calorie Calculator

Most people don't know what a “calorie” really is – they just have a vague idea that it has to do with dieting, and that they're bad for you. In actuality, a calorie is a unit of energy; specifically, it is the amount of energy that is required to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius.

When it comes to food, “calories” refer to how much energy we can get from a given serving of food. The more the calories, the more energy is made available to our body.

Daily Calorie Calculator

However, the reason that roughly 60% of American adults are overweight or obese is that they are getting more calories than they need. When the body is getting more energy than it actually needs to run, it stores the energy for later. That “storehouse of energy” is fat.

To use our daily calorie calculator, simply enter the basic information about your current body type and your level of activity. The number the calculator returns tells you how much energy – or calories – your body needs on a daily basis to maintain your weight.

You can use the daily calorie calculator to figure out how many calories per day you should be eating if you want to burn fat. When the body doesn't get enough energy from the food we give it, then it must turn to the energy storehouse – our fat deposits.

Be careful: if you try to “starve” your body, this will be counterproductive for weight loss. Believing that famine is encroaching, your body's metabolism will slow down, causing it to burn fewer calories.

The daily calorie calculator here can also be used to decipher how many calories you need to gain weight. If you're underweight or want to add on muscle, use the daily calorie calculator to give you a baseline of calories that you must have to maintain your current weight, then add to that number to start gaining weight.

To find out what's right for you, also take a look at our ideal body weight calculator and our body mass index calculator.