It’s important to understand how calories work and how many you should eat each day based on your current body and your goals. This can often comes across a far more confusing than it should be so keeping in the theme of this website I’m going to try and make it as simple as possible.
This is the recommended daily calorie intake here in the UK for the average male and female.
When it comes to loosing or gaining weight the process is very simple. If you want to effectively put on muscle you will need to eat over your recommended intake. If you want to effectively loose weight you will need to eat under your recommended intake.
Will I get fat if I eat over my recommended intake to build muscle?
If you eat a healthy diet containing a good balance of nutrition and follow a solid workout structure then you will put on far more muscle than fat. Many body builders will go into what’s called a bulking phase where they eat over there recommended intake for a period of time to put on as much muscle as possible. Then after they will go into a cutting phrase where they eat less than their recommended intake to get rid of any excess fat whist maintaining the muscle they built during the bulk phase.
Finding out your own personal calorie intake
Everyone is different and we all have our own goals. As mentioned above it’s important to find out the amount of calories we should be consuming each day in order to achieve our goals.
I use this brilliant online calculator to see exactly how many calories I should be eating based on my current goals.