How Many Calories Does An Average Male Need Per Day ?


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E Jacobson answered
The general advice used to be that men required 2000-2200 calories per day just to stay still in terms of weight management.  However, recent thinking has challenged this.  There are several 'new' methods which can be used for more personal calculations.  First, a man can calculate his Basal Metabolic Rate.   This is generally the body weight x 10 and then twice the bodyweight added.  So if someone is 200 lbs, 2000 + (2 x 200) gives 2,400 so he would need 2400 calories each day to maintain his weight.      Also the levels of physical activity can affect how many calories we consume.  But usually we all overestimate how much activity we do !      The final thing to remember is that 10% of the calories we eat will be used to 'burn' the food i.e. Digest it, so if a male eats 2000 calories, he will burn 200 of those, just by digesting the food.      The general rule of thumb is that the Basal Metabolic Rate is the most reliable means of calculating how many calories a man needs each day.  Only if an individual is excercising aerobically 5-7 days per week will they require significantly more calories than the BMR.
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Anonymous commented
An overcomplicated answer.

10xweight + 2xweight is 12xweight in pounds.
Anonymous commented
Correct formulas:
English BMR Formula
Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - ( 4.7 x age in years )
Men: BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches ) - ( 6.8 x age in year )

Metric BMR Formula
Women: BMR = 655 + ( 9.6 x weight in kilos ) + ( 1.8 x height in cm ) - ( 4.7 x age in years )
Men: BMR = 66 + ( 13.7 x weight in kilos ) + ( 5 x height in cm ) - ( 6.8 x age in years )
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Christy Muller answered

If you're looking for the amount of calories you yourself should be taking each day, that is going to be a different number than the average depending on how much you weigh.

The average though is going to be 2,200 - 3,000 calories/day.

The way you find out what it is for you is to take your current weight in lbs and multiply that by 15.

so a 200 pound man would be 200 x 15 = 3,000 calories/day.

A 150 pound man would be 150 x 15 = 2,250 calories/day

This would allow each man to maintain their current weight without gaining or losing.

If either man were to eat 500 calories over this amount, they would gain 1 pound/week.

If either man were to eat 500 calories below this amount, they would lose 1 pound/week.

If you want to setup an effective weight loss diet for yourself, you can find out more about all this here.

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John Muller answered

The answer to this one is; what TYPE of calories does the average male or female need. Here is what I mean; a gallon of sweetened ice tea has 800 calories. If I drink 2 gallons of ice tea each day, I have gotten 1,600 calories in my daily food intake; but let's face it, after a few days, I will get really sick! If you needs to know about your calories intake by your current weight then there are a Weight Loss Calculator from which you got helped.

Ice tea CALORIES are useless calories. Our bodies need certain specific calories to function.

My daily food intake, if I count calories ONLY, is BELOW what I should take to live. I eat every 3 hours, starting with an apple, ending at the end of the day with a small can of green beans.
Everything I eat digests VERY SLOWLY, so my body gets the calories it needs all day, just not QUANTITY of calories.

When you eat slow digesting foods, you are never hungry. When you try to eat a large meal, you get ill. Your body can no longer handle digesting big meals.

Hope this helps.

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Anonymous answered
At 265 pounds
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That depends on the build, activity level, age and general needs of the male and can vary greatly. The best indicator is weight (ruling out other medical factors like low metabolisms) if their is an excess in body fat the intake is too large if there is too little body fat the male needs more calories.
To find out what is a males best general calorie intake you'd need to talk to a doctor or someone who can examine the male physical before recommending anything.
There are several calorie calculators online that will take an extremely general guesstimate but I wouldn't call them reliable and there isn't a general answer for everyone.

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