How many calories do you need per day?

Minimum calories per day

It seems logical that if calories are the problem, you would want to eat as few of them as possible to speed weight loss. As a general rule, people need a minimum of 1,500 calories daily to stay healthy. People who have a strenuous fitness routine or perform many daily activities need more calories. If you have reduced your calorie intake below 1,500 calories a day, you could be hurting your body in addition to your weight-loss plans.

The big picture is to consume enough calories with a balance of nutrients and engage in physical activity for good health management to achieve one’s weight goals. Consuming fewer than 1,500 calories per day may make it difficult to meet vitamin and mineral needs via food.

If you are on a very low-calorie diet, you may wonder why the numbers on your scale aren’t budging. The reality is that different people respond differently to low-calorie diets. When your body senses that food may not be in plentiful supply, it may slow down your metabolism as protection against the possibility of starvation, even if you are obese and deliberately trying to lose weight.

An average woman needs to eat about 2000 calories per day to maintain, and 1500 calories to lose 1/2 kg of weight per week. An average man needs 2500 calories to maintain, and 2000 to lose one 1/2 kg weight per week.

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