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just wondering what the daily intake for a male 40 should be as i am trying to loose some weight and need to to cut back 500 calories but dont know what the starting point should be. also how do you calculate how many calories there is in for example chicken and veg soup.
 

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Google a 'calorie counter' or there are books you can buy. Anita Bean's book Food for Fitness is really good has loads of recipies and sample diets.

Don't cut your calorie intake too drastically otherwise you basal metabolic rate drops and you go into starvation mode and start hanging onto fats etc.

1) Just consulting Anita's book now because there is a formula to work out your basal or resting metabolic rate:
31 - 60 yrs: (weight (kg) x 8.7 + 829 = BMR

Thats the amount of calories you need to just keep your body going if you did nothing.

2) Then you need to estimate the calories you need for daily activities:
Sedentary (mostl seated or standing): BMR x 1.4
Moderate (some walking during the day or active hobbies): BMR x 1.7
Very active (physically active during the day): BMR x 2.0

3) Then you need to estimate the calories you burn during exercise e.g. running for 1 hrs at 9 min/mile burns approx 750 calories. You need to work out your weekly exercises then divide by 7 to get a daily average.

Finally add the figures for 2) and 3) together and that will give you your daily intake.

Generally as a rule women's average calorie consumption is 2000 per day and I think its 2,500 for men. However these are just averages and we are all different. For instance if you are overweight you will intially need more calories just to keep your body going than a thinner person of similar age and sex.

Hope that helps or is it all as clear as mud?
 

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*Flicking through book* yes seems to be but linked to weight and age
 

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Generally men need more calories because they are bigger, have more muscle mass but there are exceptions - small men big women etc. I think that's why she have linked it to weight
 
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