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Looking for a fresh approach to weight loss and weight maintenance? The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid is your answer.
If you're pregnant or breast-feeding, are a competitive athlete, or have a metabolic disease, such as diabetes, the calorie calculator may overestimate or underestimate your actual calorie needs.
To reach your calorie goal, follow these serving recommendations
How your calorie recommendations are determined:
Your age, gender and body mass index (BMI) determine your “basal metabolic rate,” or how many calories you need each day to stay at your current weight. You need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose one pound (.45 kilograms). So subtract 500 calories each day from your base rate for a daily calorie goal that helps you lose about a pound a week.
Burning extra calories through physical activity may increase your weight loss, so you may want to adjust your calorie intake if you're more active.
Note: Mayo Clinic calorie recommendations are sometimes lower than those of other diets to allow for unlimited amounts of vegetables and fruits and the occasional sweet. Calorie recommendations are also kept low to allow for the fact that people tend to underestimate how many calories they eat.
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