What is the average number of calories you can have per day?

67% of the male population and 57% of the female population in the UK are overweight. These percentages were significantly lower some decades ago. The major issue is that people eat too many calories each day. Too many calories make you gain weight. How many calories you are allowed to have per day to maintain your normal weight depends on a couple of things. Men are allowed to have more calories per day than women. Also, people who are young and active burn more calories and therefore are allowed to have more calories.

Average amount of kcal per day for women and men
In the overview below you will see how many calories on average a man and a woman are allowed to have:

  • Women
    On average, women are allowed to have 2000 calories per day.
  • Men
    On average, men are allowed to have 2500 calories per day.

 

 

How many calories are you allowed to have by age?

The average amount of calories that you are allowed to have also depends largely on your age. In the prime of your life you are allowed to have more calories than you would if you were to be very young or very old. The overview below shows how many calories you are allowed to have according to age:

 Age   Calories  Calories
 1-3 years  1000  1100
 4-8 years  1400  1500
 9-13 years  2100   2200
 14-18 years   2200  2900
 19-30 years  2100  2700
 31-50 years  2000  2500
 51-70 years   1900  2300
 >70 years  1600  1900

 

Which food contains a low amount of calories?

In the following overview you will find the top 10 healthy and calorie-friendly food. Low on calories doesn't need to mean low on flavor or low on nutrients.

Food                  -  Calories

 Watercress  4 per cup
 Arugula  5 per cup
 Celery  6 per stalk
 Bok Choy  9 per 5 leaves
 Radish  17 per cup
 Zucchini  31 per piece
 Cucumber  22 per 1/2 piece 
 Plum  30 per piece
 Grapefruit  37 per 1/2 piece
 Strawberries   49 per cup

 

Which food contains a high amount of calories?

In the following overview you see the top 10 foods with the highest amount of calories per 100 gram.

Food                                    -  Calories per 100 gr.

 Fats and oils      902 
 Nuts and seeds   718 
 Dark chocolate  598
 Nut and seed butter  590 
 Milk, dairy & eggs  452 
 Meat  358
 Dried fruit & fruit juices  339
 Oily fish  262
 Avocados  160
 Whole grains   124 

 

See besides average calories per day also:
Average Weight of a man
Average Female Weight
Average Child Weight
Average BMI