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How Many Calories Do I Need a Day Now That I'm Over 50?

The number of calories you need each day depends on your age, gender and activity level. The estimated calorie needs for adults age 51 and older are listed below.

For women who are: 
Sedentary (not active):     1,600 calories per day
Moderately active:  1,800 calories per day
Active: 2,000 calories per day


For men who are: 
Sedentary (not active):    2,000 calories per day
Moderately active: 2,200 to 2,400 calories per day
Active: 2,400 to 2,800 calories per day


For a personalized eating plan, go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.

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