## Calculate Your Daily Calorie Needs

### Question:

How can I calculate how many calories I need daily? Try the following equation, which is designed specifically for women and accepted by nutritionists around the world. It takes into account factors such as your height, weight, age and exercise habits, and gives a fairly accurate evaluation.

To find out how many calories your body needs daily, just insert your current weight and height into the equation. If you're trying to shed pounds, use your goal weight instead to figure out your desired calorie count.

Steps:

1. Multiply your current weight in pounds by 4.5.ĀĀĀ_____
2. Multiply your height in inches by 15.88.ĀĀĀ_____
3. Add the numbers in steps (1) and (2).ĀĀĀ_____
4. Multiply your age by 5.ĀĀĀ_____
5. Subtract step (4) from step (3).ĀĀĀ_____
6. Subtract 161 from step (5).ĀĀĀ_____
7. Multiply step (6) by your activity factor*.ĀĀĀ_____

1.2 -- little activity or none
1.375 -- light activity one to three days a week
1.55 -- moderate three to five days a week
1.725 -- intense at least six days a week
1.9 -- intense exercise plus physical job

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