What should my daily intake of calories be?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Sheela Krishnaswamy

According to the NIN, EAR (Estimated Average Requirement) is currently recommended as the unit of requirement in public health nutrition instead of RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance). Also,  the dietary intake for an Indian man (average weight- 65kg) should be as follows:

  1. Sedentary work – 2110 Kcal/day
  2. Moderate work – 2710 Kcal/day
  3. Heavy work – 3470 Kcal/day

While the dietary allowance for an Indian Woman (average weight- 55kgs) should be as follows-

  1. Sedentary work – 1660Kcal/day
  2. Moderate work – 2130 Kcal/day
  3. Heavy work – 2720 Kcal/day

 A pregnant woman should add 350 Kcal to this allowance as per her lifestyle. 

Similarly, the recommended estimated energy requirements (EER) based on BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and physical activity levels, for sedentary men and women weighing 65kg and 55kg are 1700Kcal and 1500 Kcal, respectively.

The National Health Service recommends the daily calorie intake to be around 2500 for men and 2000 for a woman of the average height and weight. A calorie is a unit of energy that we get from our food.

It is crucial to know that the amount of calories required differs from person to person. It depends on various factors like age, lifestyle, metabolic health, height, and weight. The activity level of a person is a vital factor in determining calorie requirements. Therefore, one must consult a dietician to meet a person’s body requirements.

Also, the calorie requirement would differ if a person wants to gain or lose weight. If a person needs to lose weight, he/she would require a calorie deficit diet, and if a person wants to gain weight, he/she needs to add calories to the diet.

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