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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Balancing Calories
- American Council on Exercise: Daily Caloric Needs Estimator
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Other Factors in Weight Gain
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Studies often mention that participants followed a "eucaloric diet," but without knowing what this term means it can be hard to figure out what the study results mean. People following a eucaloric diet are in caloric balance, so they are following a diet that contains about the same number of calories they use each day.
A eucaloric diet is meant to help people maintain their current weight. You don't want to follow a eucaloric diet if you're trying to lose weight. In this case, you'll want to either decrease the number of calories you're eating, increase the amount of exercise you get or do both to create a calorie deficit and lose weight. If you are gaining weight, you may be eating too much or not exercising enough, although certain health conditions or medications could also be responsible.
Calories on a Eucaloric Diet
The number of calories you can consume on a eucaloric diet varies based on your gender, activity level, age and weight. For example, a 35-year-old man who weighs 170 pounds and does a moderate amount of exercise three to five times per week needs about 2,875 calories on a eucaloric diet, while a woman of the same age and activity level who weighs 130 pounds needs about 2,563 calories.
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