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American Cancer Society Calorie Counter

Being at a healthy weight has a big impact on your health. The tool below can help you get there – and stay there. Fill in your information and you’ll get an estimate of how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. If you need to lose weight, take in fewer calories than you use through exercise and your everyday activities.

This tool is designed for healthy adults over age 19. See our section Nutrition for People with Cancer to find information on eating well during and after cancer treatment.

YOUR INFORMATION * Required fields
Gender: * Please select a Gender.
Age in Years: * Yrs. Please enter an Age in Years that is 19 or older.
Weight in Pounds: * Lbs. Please enter a Weight in Pounds.
Current Height:
Feet: * Ft. Please enter a Current Height in Feet.
Inches: * In. Please enter a Current Height in Inches.
YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL  Please select an Activity Level.
  Sedentary: Activities of daily living only (dressing, cooking, walking to and from the car, etc.). No purposeful exercise.
  Lightly Active: Activities of daily living, plus the equivalent of walking 2 miles (or about 4,000 steps) per day.
  Moderately Active: Activities of daily living, plus activities like brisk walking (15-20 minutes per mile), dancing, skating, leisurely bicycling, golfing, doubles tennis, mowing the lawn, or yoga 3-5 days per week.
  Very Active: Activities of daily living, plus moderate exercise or vigorous exercise (jogging, running, swimming, singles tennis, soccer, basketball, digging, carpentry) most days of the week.

To maintain your current weight, you can eat:
Approximately calories per day
Source: Gerrior S, Juan W, Basiotis P. An easy approach to calculating estimated energy requirements. Prev Chronic Dis Vol. 3, No. 4 2006 Oct. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/oct/06_0034.htm.

To Lose Weight

To lose 1 pound a week, you need to cut 500 calories per day. You can do this by eating less, exercising more, or both. Try these strategies:

  • Cut 250 calories from your daily diet. That’s about one 20-ounce regular soda.
  • Burn an extra 250 calories through physical activity. For a 150-lb person, that’s about 30 minutes of singles tennis or 45 minutes of brisk walking.


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