Calculate Your Maintenance Calories
Maintenance calories are simply the number of calories you require to maintain your weight.
- Women require 10 calories per pound of body weight.
- Men require 11 calories per pound of body weight.
Why is this important?
- For females:
200 lbs. x 10 calories /lb. = 2000 calories to maintain her weight.
The smaller your body weight, the lower your maintenance calories.
- The same is true for men:
260 lb. x 11 calories/lb. = 2860 calories per day.
Once again, the lower the body weight, the lower the maintenance calories.