## 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.牋燺____
2. Multiply your height in inches by 15.88.牋燺____
3. Add the numbers in steps (1) and (2).牋燺____
4. Multiply your age by 5.牋燺____
5. Subtract step (4) from step (3).牋燺____
6. Subtract 161 from step (5).牋燺____
7. Multiply step (6) by your activity factor*.牋燺____

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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