How Many Calories Do Older Adults Need?

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Most older adults need fewer calories than they did in their younger years. The number of calories you need each day depends on your age, gender and activity level. The chart below lists average calorie levels for adults 51 years and over. To find out how many calories you need each day, visit www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate/index.aspx.

 

 

CALORIES per DAY FOR:

Activity Level

 

Women aged 51+

 

Men aged 51+

 
Sedentary (not active) 1,600 2,000
Moderately active 1,800 2,200 to 2,400
Active 2,000 to 2,200 2,400 to 2,800

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