Simply fill the form out below to get your instant results.
You have the option to receive a detailed report of your calorie & macro results sent directly to your email. Rather than just spit out numbers, I find it much more useful for you to know why I recommend the numbers I do, but I don’t want you to be forced into receiving that report if you do not want to.
This calculator is going to recommend your maintenance calories (otherwise known as your TDEE) & macros, because that gives us the best starting point. If your goal is weight loss or weight gain, you’ll get plenty of info on how I recommend adjusting those numbers in the email report. See the FAQ below the calculator if ya still have questions.
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Within the form, there’s an option to enter your email to get your report. If you entered a fake email, you won’t get your results… sorry! Trust me, I’m not spamming your email, it’s just the easier delivery method.
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If you follow a keto diet, this calculator will not work for you.
The macronutrient calculator here is for the general population. We focus on an overall balanced macronutrient ratio with a moderate protein intake. Unfortunately, this can not be used as a keto macro calculator for a low carb diet.
I don’t believe in targeting specific macro targets every single day. In my experience, that makes things unnecessarily difficult.
Look, we’re not robots. Every single day is not going to be the same. By aiming for ranges instead of hyper-specific numbers, it allows us to have a little bit of flexibility in our diets without any added stress.
You can fill the form out as many times as you’d like. If you enter your email to receive a report, it is set up to only deliver to you once per day to prevent any kind of spamming. If you made a mistake and need to re-submit the form to get a new report, you can either use a different email address or wait until tomorrow to fill it out again.
Macro is shorthand for macronutrient. Your “macros” refers to fat, carbohydrates, and protein. The 3 macronutrients all have a caloric value, which is why we count them (things like sodium and cholesterol do not have a caloric value, which is why they are not included here):
1g of carbohydrates contains 4 calories.
1g of protein also contains 4 calories.
1g of fat contains 9 calories.
At the end of the day, tracking macros is a more advanced way of counting calories.
This calculator is designed to give you your maintenance numbers. In other words, what I recommend you consume to stay at your current weight.
If you want to lose weight, you’ll need to eat below the calories you are given to achieve a calorie deficit (don’t worry, it will all be broken down in the email results you get).
As a general rule, for weight loss purposes you’ll want to reduce your calorie intake by 10-20%. I take a slow approach to weight loss, and if you want to read more about my personal recommendations, you can check out my post on it here.
Since every person is different, I don’t like to give specific numbers based on your goals. Whether the goal is fat loss to hit a specific body fat percentage, increased muscle mass and muscle gain, or general weight gain, I want to leave that up to you to decide the best approach for you!
Online calculators should only be used as guides, and none of them can be 100% accurate. For these purposes, I gave you a range for your macros, rather than specific numbers, and tried my best to break down WHY you should aim for that range.
This calculator is based on the Mifflin–St Jeor equation, which I have found to be the most accurate for calculating calories. It’s what I have always used and it has led to great results for me!
Most of us undereat, oftentimes by quite a lot. There’s a very good chance that you are consuming way less than what is optimal for you.
Many people eat closer to their BMR (basal metabolic rate) calories than their TDEE (total daily energy expenditure), which is why I wanted to put this calorie calculator together in the first place! We tend to severely underestimate our calorie needs, which is why I want to help.
If you’re currently eating 1,600 calories, and the calculator recommends 2,500, that may seem like a huge difference (and it is) but that likely means you are undereating!
Rather than suddenly jump up to 2,500 calories, this is when a reverse diet comes into play. All that means is slowly increasing your calories a little bit at a time to work up to 2,500 calories. If you were to jump right up to 2,500 calories, you’d end up gaining unwanted weight because your body is not used to it. By gradually increasing your calories, you give your metabolism a chance to adjust, and you’ll be able to land at your new maintenance calories. Plus, if you do want to lose weight down the road, it will be MUCH easier if your maintenance calories are at a higher level!
You can read more about reverse dieting in my blog post here: https://cheatdaydesign.com/what-is-reverse-dieting-and-how-to-do-it
These results are for information purposes only. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Users should always consult with a doctor or other health care professional for medical advice.