Everybody is different – one diet does not fit all, and when other variables: health, physical activity, lifestyle, etc. are added to the mix a more precise picture begins to form on what you’ll ultimately need to succeed with your health & fitness goals. So, although the recommended “average” is 2000 you might find that you’re a healthy 30-year-old woman who has a sedentary desk job, yet makes it to the gym 5 times/week and your calorie deficit is 2500, and to not lose weight, you’d have to consume 3200 calories.
A 45-year-old man weighing in over 300 pounds but then doesn’t have time to workout, may find himself needing to eat 1900 calories per day to shed the pounds he wants to lose. A woman eating more than a man?! Uhm, yes, different variables will lead to different outcomes. Now, if this same guy decided to kick it up at the gym, it would be necessary to increase his calorie intake to insure the deficit isn’t too drastic which would lead to a decrease in his overall metabolic rate (metabolism) and compromise his ability to lose weight.
So, although there are some out there who need to eat the standard 2000 calorie diet. In many instances, this is the exception and not the rule.
Okay, you might ask Coach Chè, why is this important? Keep reading and I’ll tell you and teach you how to calculate your daily calorie intake.