How Many Calories Do I Need? Calculation vs Metabolic Screening

If you hitting a plateau or wanting to achieve your weight-loss goal and wanting to know how many calories should I be eating – here is a great website.

It will as you a series of questions.

Question 1: How much do you weigh?

Question 2: How much do you want to weigh?

Question 3: How tall are you in inches?

Question 4: How old are you?


Here is what you need to look for

If you reduce your current caloric intake to 1286.2 calories per day you will lose one pound per week without exercise.

If you exercise for 30 minutes each day, you may increase your caloric intake to1982.1 calories per day and still maintain your current weight. – but remember not every day will you be exercising and sometimes we don’t know how many calories we are burning (bodybugg is a great tool) so to be safe you can follow the 1286 or if you do work out extra hard you can add 250 extra calories to 1286 =1536 calories to start from.


This number is a basic calculation but since everyone is different it could be off by up to 900 calories!

So if you really want to find out how many calories you burn at rest try a metabolic screening.

How does it work?

This machine accurately measures oxygen consumption (VO2) to determine resting metabolic rate (RMR)*. It is a simple breath test that may last 5 to 10 minutes. 


I have done hundreds of these tests for people and have seen great results – especially for those who just can’t lose weight or hit a plateau.  This is an individualized test that will help you get back to your weight-loss goals.

If you don’t live near me or need help finding where one is just ask! 

Cost:  The cost may vary and just from what I have seen and what I have worked with it ranges from $40-65.