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# How many calories should you eat a day?

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According to WebMD, the number of calories a person should consume per day ranges from 1,800 to 3,000 calories, based on age, gender and daily activities. In general, men require more calories than women due to their larger size.

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WebMD states that females ages 19 through 30 who are sedentary should consume between 1,800 and 2,000 calories per day. If they are moderately active they should eat up to 2,200 calories. If they are highly active then they should eat 2,400 calories.

WebMD states that men of the same age who are sedentary should consume 2,400 to 2,600 calories per day. Moderately active men should consume up to 2,800 calories per day, and highly active men should consume 3,000 calories per day.

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The amount of calories a person burns naturally in a day depends on factors such as gender, height, current weight and age, according to SFGate. The process of naturally burning calories without added activity is called basal metabolic rate, or BMR.

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Mayo Clinic explains the number of calories an individual needs to eat per day varies based on body size and composition, gender, age and physical activity levels. Each person needs to first discover his basal metabolic rate to configure his optimal daily caloric needs.

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Calorie calculators help determine how many calories a person should consume per day and are available on reputable websites such as the American Heart Association and the Mayo Clinic. Healthy caloric intake is determined by age, height, weight and gender. Physical activity level may also be used in the calculation.