It's always confusing with different people telling you how much you should eat per day, what wrong, whats right. But there's actually a way to find out how many calories YOU need which is completely personal to you and your body!
Why everyone needs different amounts
Everyone has different metabolism speeds, which means you absorb and use food differently. Not everyone is the same height and weight and some people move way more than others on a day to day basis! A football coach and a office worker will burn many different amounts of calories in a day, so how could they possibly all need the same amount of calories per day? Also, If you're finding it hard to reach a fitness goal, it may be because you're not eating enough, or maybe even too much, so let's go through how we solve this.
Why is knowing daily calories important?
Many of us fall into the habit of just eating whatever we buy either when you go shopping, or whatever food place is closest at work, this isn't going to help you with your goals! Depending on your goal, you will need different nutritional amounts, someone wanting to bulk up will need way more calories than someone wanting to slim down, so this is where knowing a rough idea of how many calories you should be having will be useful. Another thing which is very common is people follow things they've seen or read online, which is great to try, however everyones body is so different that in my opinion, it's better to know through your own body a rough guide to what YOU should be having then merge that around things you may have seen or read online.
BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)
What is your BMR? And NO ITS NOTHING LIKE BMI! Your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is an estimate of how many calories you'd burn if you were to do nothing but rest for 24 hours. It represents the minimum amount of energy needed to keep your body functioning, including breathing and keeping your heart beating. Using that number you can then use your daily activity level to make it even more precise to you!
How it will help you
It will use your age, weight, height and gender plus your daily activity level to determine how many calories you should actually be having! This will easily tailor your nutritional needs and give you a better idea on where you may be going wrong! As mentioned earlier, this will also be dependant on your goal wether you need to add or decrease calories from this as well as how many of each macronutrient you need, the BMR will set you a good seat to narrowing that all down.
Get your BMR!
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