How many calories do you need per day? This is the same as asking how much fuel do you need in a day to make your body run efficiently and healthy. Everyone is different based on age, gender, activity level, health status and genetic factors. This is a tool that will give you a starting point to know how many calories you need in a day. This tool only works for healthy adults. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have an illness or under the age of 18 years old, see your physician or a registered dietitian to determine your calorie needs.
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