A calorie is a unit of measure that tells us how much energy your body gets from a food when you eat it. Every person’s daily calorie recommendation will vary depending on age, height, weight, and activity level - they’re not one-size-fits-all! Going over your recommended calorie intake frequently can result in weight gain. An easy way to determine how many calories you need daily, although not completely accurate, is using this website: https://www.calculator.net/bmr-calculator.html?ctype=standard&cage=24&csex=f&cheightfeet=5&cheightinch=6&cpound=140&cheightmeter=180&ckg=60&cmop=0&coutunit=c&cformula=m&cfatpct=20&x=63&y=20
Just input your age, gender assigned at birth, height, and weight, and calculate. Then, you can use the key to the right of the screen to account for physical activity, as exercising more will increase the number of calories that you need each day. While being aware of calories is important, it’s also important to not get too bogged down in the numbers. If you are feeling hungry but have already eaten your calorie recommendation for the day, you should still listen to what your body is telling you and eat more. Your calorie needs can vary greatly on a day to day basis, so if you’re feeling more hungry than usual, it’s completely normal! You deserve to give your body more food when it needs it.