How Many Calories Should I Eat A Day
Your nutrition is JUST as important as your workouts! You can workout 10 hours a day and STILL not get the results you want if your nutrition isn’t in line with your goals. So, “How many calories should I eat a day” should be a question that you’re asking yourself (or asking now that you know how important it is).
In this post I’m going to answer the question of “how many calories should I eat a day” and I’m going to show you a free tool that within a matter of seconds will tell you exactly the number of calories you should be taking in every day based on your individual goals.
How Many Calories Should I Eat A Day?
The answer to the question of how many calories I should eat a day is different for everyone. It depends on your goals whether you are trying to lose some weight (lose a lot of weight or a little), maintain your weight (so you can just tone up and reveal that EIGHT pack :-)), or to gain weight and build muscle. It also depends on what your activity level is, your age, height, and your current weight. Phew!!! That’s a lot of stuff!
Don’t worry…I’m going to make this super simple for you to figure out. In fact, I’m going to give you step by instructions that will give you your number in a matter of seconds. So without further ado, here’s the steps to figure out how many calories you should eat a day…
Step 1 – Create A Free TBB Account.
Click Here to Create A Free Team Beachbody Account. This is 100% free and it will literally take you a minute to do. You’ll need to do this if you want to get access to the caloric needs calculator that will give you your number.
Step 2 – Go To The Caloric Needs Calculator.
After you create your account you’ll automatically be logged in. All you’ll need to do is at the top of the page go to Eat Smart, Nutrition Tools. Then click on the Caloric Needs button.
Step 3 – Enter Your Info And You’re DONE!
Simply enter your information based on your situation, click submit and BAM! You’re done! Make sure to fill out all of the fields. Once you click the Submit button you’ll have the answer to the question of how many calories should I eat a day. It will look something like this (but obviously different based on your situation)-
How Many Calories A Day
Video Walk Through – How Many Calories Should I Eat A Day?
For you auditory people, here’s a step by step video walk through of how to use the calculator so you can figure out the number of calories you should be taking in each day-
IMPORTANT Thing To Keep In Mind…This Is Critical!
One super critical thing to keep in mind is that no calculator or tool can account for each individual person’s body type, metabolism, etc. EVERYONE is different so it is impossible to give a 100% accurate number. So, what you need to do is to use this number as your starting point. In a nutshell, this is what you need to do-
- Before you start your fitness program and before you commit to sticking with your number of daily calories, take your measurements, and before pics (go here to learn how to do that).
- Then, for the next 30 days stick with your fitness program, and stick with whatever number the caloric needs calculator gave you.
- At the end of 30 days re-take all of your measurements and your pictures.
If your measurements aren’t going in the right direction, then you know that you need to adjust the number of daily calories you are taking in. So for example, say you are trying to lose weight and the caloric needs calculator told you that you should eat 2,200 calories per day. If after 30 days your measurements stay the same, then you should reduce the number of calories you are taking in. Try reducing down to 1,900 or 2,000, and then stick with that number for the next 30 days. Repeat the process until you get your desired results.
Without taking your measurements and committing to a # for 30 days, you’ll be clueless as to whether or not you are getting the results you want. So DO NOT skip this step!
So What’s Next?
You now know the number of calories you should be taking in each day so what the heck should you do next? Well, you need to do what I mentioned in the section above (so read that if you haven’t already done so). You need to commit to taking in whatever number of calories the caloric needs calculator gave you based on your goals. You need to track everything and stick with it for at least 30 days so you know if you need to make adjustments.
The best way to track your daily caloric intake is through a food journal. Stay tuned because in the next few days I’ll show you exactly what I use and how I track what I eat.
If you’re not willing to commit to eating X number of calories daily for the next 30 days and tracking everything, then you need to ask yourself this…”Am I really serious about accomplishing my goals of X (fill in X with whatever your goals are)?” If you’re TRULY serious about hitting your goals then you’ll do what needs to be done to hit those goals. It’s as simple as that. So make the decision, and JUST DO IT!
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