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Old 04-21-2006, 03:46 PM   #1
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Average number of calories for men?

What is the average number of calories that men need on a daily basis? My husband is 6' and is starting to gain a little around the middle. It look like he might need to lose 10-15 lbs, but I'm unsure of how many calories he needs to drop down to in order to cut back. He does exercise, but with his work schedule, it's been rather sporadic lately. Plus, he eats huge meals!

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Old 04-21-2006, 06:16 PM   #2
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Re: Average number of calories for men?

Each person is different. depends on how active you are. Staying around 2000 calories a day works for me.

Old 04-21-2006, 08:39 PM   #3
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What you could get him to do is try and count the calories he eats for a few days. To lose 1 pound, he would need to cut back 3500 calories.
i.e. Suppose he maintains his current weight with 2500 calories per day. Eating any amount lower than 2500 will result in a weight loss.
So for example, eating 2400 calories, which is 100 calories less would result in a 1/35 lb loss per day or a loss of 1lb every 35 days - roughly a month. At this rate, he could lose the weight you want him to lose in roughly a year. I wouldn't recommend cutting down too fast because it will obviously make him painfully hungry. Cutting 200-300 calories will very quickly put him to the weight you desire. Just remember that calories work both ways and that if he were to cut 200 calories per day 6 days a week = 1200 calories, and then go out and binge 1 day a week, he likely won't lose weight very quickly. I personally trimmed 25 pounds off this year as a New Year's Resolution - I found the easiest way to do it was to add up the calories after each meal. That way, if I went out for lunch to a fast food restaurant, I could make adequate compensations later in the day - like eating salad for supper. You can get pretty much any fast food restaurant calories online by googling them up. Most foods can have their calories found also by googling up (if they aren't listed on the package). Wishing you both the best on this noble cause

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Old 04-22-2006, 05:44 AM   #4
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Re: Average number of calories for men?

Certaiinly a good place for a 6' adult man to start at if he desires 10 or 20 pounds weight loss might be 2000 calories a day. It's high enough to be reasonably palatable even for big eaters yet low enough to cause a weight loss rate that most people can be happy with.

If it doesn't meet both those requirements after a month or two it can be adjusted up or down to get the desired results...but it really IS a good place to start.

Old 04-25-2006, 05:17 AM   #5
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Re: Average number of calories for men?


This is a calculator to work out how many calories your husband needs, you will also find plenty of other helpful calculators.

One question i have is the difference between calories and kilojuiles.

all packageing in australia features KJ not calories, i read that approx. 1 calorie equals 4kj.

so should I be counting 8000 KJ (2000 Cal)?

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Old 04-25-2006, 07:57 AM   #6
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Re: Average number of calories for men?

We have a bit of stuff in kj here in Canada also. If you divide the kj by 4.2, you'll get a better approximation than using 4 - actual ratio is roughly 4.185.

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