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How many calories should I eat to lose weight?

 

Q. I am not sure how many calories I need on a daily basis. I am trying to lose weight and have lost 5 pounds with low fat, low salt, no bread, and very little butter.

 

A. Daily caloric intake depends on activity level in addition to sex, age, height, and weight. The more active a person is means more calories are needed to account for expenditure. The USDA has information available to determine how many calories you need on a daily basis. To lose weight, try to increase your activity level and consume slightly fewer calories than the recommended amount. Make sure half your plate is fruits and vegetables, and eat whole-grains, low-fat dairy and lean meats to aid weight loss. Check out our amazing fruit & veggie recipes for healthy meals.

 
 
 
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