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Ideal Calorie Intake To Lose Weight

Posted on: November 6, 2008

If you are starting a weight loss program and are unsure about how to eat or rather how much to eat, then here is some help. As I have mentioned earlier in my posts, losing weight is a bit of science and a lot of smartness. The normal recommended calorie intake for Indians is approx 2000-2200 calories for women and about 2400-2700 for men. However if we look at it we never tend to eat that much in our regular days except for when we indulge in outside food. So a healthy eating pattern does not govern this recommended calorie intake. If you are the one who eats a healthy 2000 calorie diet and is fit and slim then kudos to you, as it is best thing that you can do to your body. Such a diet keeps the energy levels up and mind alert.

Let’s talk about losing weight,if you are on a weight loss diet then it is best to maintain a calorie intake of 1200 calories for women and 1400 for men. Keep this as a benchmark for weight loss diets. Maintain your diet up to this level to lose weight. In case you still do not see any results then reduce the calorie intake by about 100 or 200 calories. However if your existing diet is already at this level then you need to be smart with food. Increase on to your low calorie foods slowly along with an exercise routine. Then slowly decrease the amount you eat, to give the weight loss a push. It is important not to go too low with the calories, as that may be harmful for your health. Keep it light but keep it healthy, that is the perfect weight loss mantra.


3 Responses to "Ideal Calorie Intake To Lose Weight"

Hi Richa, Awesome blog. I am in the US and struggle to find calorie information for Indian food especially since everything here comes with a calorie label and you know exactly how much you are eating. I will keep coming back. Thanks.

If you want to hear a reader’s feedback 🙂 , I rate this post for four from five. Detailed info, but I have to go to that damn google to find the missed pieces. Thanks, anyway!

Hi Richa,

Great site. Very helpful!

Can you guide me as to which site is good for counting Calories in Indian food and other food . I compared some sites but they have such vast differences in their calorie count! for eg. one site says a medium chapati has 60 calories and another says almost double! Its so confusing!

And also a site which has vegetarian meal plan options for 1200 calories intake in a day.


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