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Balancing Calories

The right balance is different for everyone, but the important thing to remember is that if you take in more calories than you need, you will gain weight.

Energy is another word for "calories." Your energy balance is the number of calories IN, consumed through eating and drinking, compared to calories OUT, burned through physical activity.

Here are just a few examples of estimated daily caloric requirements:

 Women  19 to 30 years old  2,000 to 2,400 calories 
 Men  31 to 50 years old  2,200 to 3,000 calories
Children  9 to 11 years old  1600 to 2,000 calories

The calorie ranges take into account physical activity levels from sedentary to moderately active to active. The more active you are, the more calories you burn. See What is energy balance? from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Learn more about calories in different kinds of foods in the heart-smart Nutrition topic and read the Exercise topic for tips on increasing your activity level.

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To help kids learn about calories in and calories out, visit Project Heart and download a sample activity worksheet.
    
       

 

 

 

 

 

Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health


 
Read "Weight loss products and heart disease–there is no silver bullet," from the women's heart health e-newsletter (not just for women!).

 


 

Ask a Texas Heart Institute Doctor
Are foods with a high glycemic index bad for your heart? — response by Kathryn Chiles, Registered Dietician.


 

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