Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Many Calories Should I Eat Daily?

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 09:40 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I’m trying to get in shape, but don’t know how many calories I should eat every day. I’m a woman in my late 50s, am 5-foot-4, and weigh about 160 pounds.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Calorie recommendations vary by individual, as well as your level of daily activity, metabolism, and underlying medical conditions. As a middle-aged woman, with a height of 5-foot-4, your ideal weight should be 120 pounds.
To lose one to two pounds per week, you should aim to limit your daily diet to about 2,000 calories. You also need to start an appropriate physical exercise program to help you reach your goal. Muscle tissue must be preserved to maintain long-term weight control.
Don’t try a starvation diet or try to drop 1,000 calories a day. I would advise a medical consultation before starting any diet, just to be sure you don’t have any conditions that require special attention. Underlying conditions often flare up when you start a weight-loss regimen.

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