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Calorie Usage

Recommended daily calorie intake varies from person to person, but there are guidelines for calorie requirements that you can use as a starting point. The UK Department of Health has set Estimated Average Requirements for calories which are a daily intake of 1940 for women and 2550 for men.

How many calories actually needed on an individual basis each day will vary greatly depending on lifestyle and other factors such as your age, height, weight, your basic level of activity and your body composition.


To maintain your current weight you need to keep balancing what you eat with being active. Check the healthy eating web site to make sure the calories you take in are healthy ones! Go to the exercise website if you want to increase your activity levels.

Try the BMI calculator to check you are a healthy weight. In order to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories per day than your body needs. To lose 1-2lb (0.5-1kg)/week you need a negative calorie balance of 500-800 calories/day and you should not go below an intake of 1200 calories/day. Check the healthy eating website to find out how to lower your fat and sugar intake. Try the exercise website to find out how to burn more calories and tone up. If you need to put on weight you should consult your GP.