It’s a good idea to check your BMI (Body Mass Index) & BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) if you have never done so before or haven’t in a while. It gives you a good idea about where you’re at health wise and how many calories you should be consuming in a day depending on your personal information and lifestyle (i.e daily exercise). *Note that the BMI calculator is inappropriate to use with athletes, pregnant women and adults over the age of 65.
Another quick and easy way to find your daily caloric needs would be to find what you weigh in pounds and add a zero to the end. For example: 130 lbs = 1,300 calories a day. Then, take your thumb wrap it around your wrist to touch your index finger. If it overlaps, you have a small frame and should minus 100 calories from your daily caloric allowance. If it overlaps, add 100. If it touches exactly, keep it the same. Obviously, it’s good to adjust your calories up if you exercise regularly and down if you do not.
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