Hi guys, I got a lot of Dm’s regarding this topic and I decided to write up an article about it. Your daily calorie intake is by far the most important part of your diet plan no matter what your goal is (losing fat, building muscle, etc.).
And, the starting point for figuring out exactly how many calories you need to eat per day revolves around something called your calorie maintenance level.
Your calorie maintenance level is where your body is at when you consume and burn the same number of calories.
Meaning, when Calories In = Calories Out, you’ve reached your calorie maintenance level.
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Here’s an example…
Let’s say you burn 2500 calories per day from a combination of exercise (weight training, cardio, etc.), normal daily activities (getting dressed, showering, driving, etc.), and your body doing the things it needs to do to sustain itself (breathing, pumping blood, digesting food, etc.).
That means 2500 calories is your daily calorie maintenance level in this example. If you then consumed 2500 calories each day, your body would remain pretty much the same. Your weight will not go up or down. Everything will just be “maintained.”
Why? Because you ate the same number of calories that you burned, and that means all of the calories you consumed were used by your body. There was no surplus or deficit. It was even.
And, the amount of calories that makes this happen is your calorie maintenance level.
How To Calculate Your Calorie Maintenance Level
In case it’s not obvious enough, calorie maintenance levels are different for everyone because we all have different daily calorie requirements. It’s not like everyone with a certain goal or body type has the same maintenance level or anything like that.
Instead, your calorie maintenance level is dependent on many factors that are specific to you and your exact situation.
These factors include:
As you can see, your specific calorie maintenance level is tailored to you and you alone. Even if you are the same age, height and weight as someone and have the exact same activity level and goals as they do, you can both still have very different calorie maintenance levels and daily calorie requirements in general.