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How many calories am I supposed to eat a day?

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Where do I go to see how many calories I am supposed to be eating daily? I can't find it.
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Look at the menu bar and click on Tools.  Choose Calorie Target and/or Burn Meter to calculate your caloric needs.
Thank you! I knew I had seen it here and couldn't find it again.
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I am having the same trouble.. I don't get the eat meter and the burn meter?

Once I add my food and exercise it changes.  So do you or anyone know how to

interpret eat/burn meter?

From the CC+ Library Q & A section. 

How are calorie requirements derived for an individual?

Calorie requirements are determined by several factors, most important of which are size and body composition. Larger people with more muscle need more calories. Age and gender also make a difference, with men and younger people needing more calories than women and older people. Other factors, such as excessive thyroid hormone, fever and illness, and extremes in temperature, can raise calorie requirements temporarily. An individual's activity level also impacts his or her calorie requirements, but that is not a fixed factor because activity can change from day-to-day.

How many calories should I be eating in a day?

Assuming you are in good health, the answer depends on your height, weight, age, gender, activity level, and the amount of muscle you have on board. For instance, at moderate activity levels, a 30-year old woman who is 5'5" and 125 pounds needs about 2200 calories a day, while a 30-year old man who is 6'0" and 172 pounds, needs about 2800 calories a day. Calorie requirements should be based on a person's adequate weight rather than on a weight that is over or under the adequate range. A person's muscle mass is the wild card in determining requirements because it is difficult to measure muscle mass without special training and equipment. More muscle requires more calories. In order to lose weight, you should create a deficit of 500 - 1000 fewer calories than you need. To create that deficit, you have the options of eating less, moving more, or doing a little of each.

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