Healthy Weight Calculator

Weight Maintenance Calorie Calculator for Men and Women. Curious as to how many calories you need to maintain your current weight? Try this calorie calculator to find out.

Height in feet: inches:

(Note: You must enter a number in the inches box. If you are exactly 5 ft. or 6 ft., enter "0.")

Weight in pounds:


Activity level (choose):

Calories per day needed to maintain current weight:

(This calorie calculator is meant to be an estimate only. Actual calories needed to maintain weight may vary based on muscle mass, activity and a variety of other factors such as illness, pregnancy, etc. If you are obese, your actual caloric needs may be less accurate. This is because a small percentage of fat tissue actually burns calories. The remaining amount of fat tissue does not burn calories. Please keep this in mind when using the calculator.)

By consuming these calories on an average daily basis, you should maintain your weight. However, if you are looking to lose weight, here are some tips:

Most health professionals recommend slow weight loss as the safest and most effective approach. A sensible weight-loss program allows you to lose weight gradually -- about one-half to one pound per week. Gradual weight loss promotes long-term loss of body fat, not just water weight that can be quickly regained.

To lose one pound, a person must burn 3,500 calories more than are consumed (500 calories per day over the course of a week). For example, reducing calories by 300 per day and increasing daily activity to burn off an additional 200 calories should result in a weight loss of one pound per week.

Here is an example of how the calculator can help you. If your daily calorie needs were calculated as 2500 calories and you desire to lose weight, you could:

    1. Consume 2200 calories. (That's 300 calories less than this example diet), and
    2. Burn 200 calories through activity, to result in a 2000-calorie diet! (Be sure to use the Exercise Calculator to determine the different ways that you can burn 200 calories)!



Stuck at my current weight

I need some kind of advice. I'm 5'7" and I weigh 156 pounds. My weight before my pregnancy was 140. After my pregnancy I weighed 189. So I've lost a bit of the weight. But I'm trying to hard to get back down to 140. I'm doing everything I can, but nothing is working. I really don't have the time to go to the gym and I'm relying on my eating habits but my body has reached its plato. Please does anyone have any suggestions?

Exercise for stroke victim

You should most likely incorporate weight training into your exercise rountine. When you weight train you body builds muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the more calories it requires for you to live everyday life, from sitting on the sofa to hauling in groceries. Whenever I've been "stuck" I bump up my resistance routine and within a week or so I will start losing. Always check with your doctor before changing or beginning an exercise regimen. Good luck!

calorie counter

I am 72 yrs old - 5'3" - 115 lbs want to gain 7 lbs. How many calories must I consume every day to accomplish my weight of 120 lbs.

Light vs. Moderate Activity

Dan, in response to your question, please click here ( to see a breakdown of activity level definitions. For example: SEDENTARY - Mainly sitting throughout the day and no physical exercise. LIGHTLY ACTIVE - Mainly sitting throughout the day and some but less than 1 hour of physical exercise a week, OR mainly standing throughout the day and no physical exercise. MODERATELY ACTIVE - Mainly sitting throughout the day and 2-3 hours of physical exercise a week, OR physical job and no physical exercise. Hope that helps!

stroke help

i'm trying to lose at least 10 pounds. have been working on reducing for two weeks and when i weight myself, i still weighed the same 141 lbs. had a stroke 4-1/2 years ago and doing 1/2 hour to 1 hour of exercising every day but can't do the 'normal' exercises suggested for a non-stroke person. my therpist said perhaps i should ask about some ways to increase my metabolize or burn up more calories. any ideas? pauli

What is Light Exercise

It would be helpfull if you could provide us a definition of the various levels of exercise (light, moderate, and heavy). Can walking ever be heavy exercise? If I walk 1/2 hor a day at a pace of 2 miles per hour is that light exercise. If I walk one hour per day at 4 MPH is that moderate or heavy exercise? Many of us older folks just walk, do do dumbell exercises, and exercises like situps, push ups etc. Can you describe a light, moderate, and heavy exercise regemin using those three exercise elements.