How Many Calories Should I Eat?

This may be a dumb question, but how many calories am I suppose to eat each day? Thanks, Jay. [via Ask Questions]

It’s not dumb at all. According to a number of surveys, many people have no clue … and many can’t event hazard a guess. In addition, those who guess, over 70 percent usually guess wrong.

There’s a good reason for that. How many calories you should eat depends on your age, weight-loss goals (if you have any), your activity level, and gender.

Most people require somewhere between 1,600 and 2,800 calories a day. To give you a very rough estimate, a moderately active 40-year-old and a 20-year-old couch potato, need approximately 2,000 calories a day.

You can get a more accurate estimate; try an online calorie calculator at mypyramid.gov.

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