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American Cancer Society Calorie Counter

How many calories do you need to eat to maintain your current weight? This tool will give you an estimate. If you're trying to lose weight, see our tips below.

YOUR INFORMATION * Required fields
Gender: * Please select a Gender.
Age in Years: * Yrs. Please enter an Age in Years that is 19 or older.
Weight in Pounds: * Lbs. Please enter a Weight in Pounds.
Current Height:
Feet: * Ft. Please enter a Please enter a Current Height in Feet.
Inches: * In. Please enter a Please enter a Current Height in Inches.
YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL  Please select an Activity Level.
  Sedentary: Activities of daily living only (dressing, cooking, walking to and from the car, etc.). No purposeful exercise.
  Lightly Active: Activities of daily living, plus the equivalent of walking 2 miles (or about 4,000 steps) per day.
  Moderately Active: Activities of daily living, plus activities like brisk walking (15-20 minutes per mile), dancing, skating, leisurely bicycling, golfing, doubles tennis, mowing the lawn, or yoga 3-5 days per week.
  Very Active: Activities of daily living, plus moderate exercise or vigorous exercise (jogging, running, swimming, singles tennis, soccer, basketball, digging, carpentry) most days of the week.

To maintain your current weight, you can eat:
Approximately calories per day

To lose weight: To take off 1 pound per week, you need to create a "deficit" of 500 calories per day. You can do this by eating 250 fewer calories a day (for example, cut out a 20-ounce bottle of regular soda) and burning an extra 250 calories through physical activity (for example, walk for 2.5 miles). Another way to cut back on calories is to watch your portion sizes.


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