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Recommended Daily Calories for Older Men & Women

author image Beth Greenwood
Beth Greenwood is an RN and has been a writer since 2010. She specializes in medical and health topics, as well as career articles about health care professions. Greenwood holds an Associate of Science in nursing from Shasta College.
Recommended Daily Calories for Older Men & Women
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Most men and women tend to gain weight as they get older because body metabolism slows with age. Although exercise helps because it builds muscle tissue -- which boosts metabolism, according to the Weight Watchers website -- you’ll probably need to lower your caloric intake if you want to continue to wear the same clothing size.

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Weight maintenance is a matter of balancing activity level with caloric intake. The more active you are, the more calories you can eat. If you are a female couch potato over age 50, the National Institutes of Health Senior Health website advises you should eat no more than 1,600 calories a day. Kick your activity level up to moderately active, and your calories can go up to 1,800. Walk the equivalent of three or more miles a day at a brisk clip, and you might be able to take in 2,000 to 2,200 calories a day without gaining weight. Men -- who generally have bigger frames and more muscle mass -- are allowed 2,000 to 2,200 for low activity, 2,200 to 2,400 for moderate activity and 2,400 to 2,800 for the active lifestyle.

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