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?

Friday, 19 October 2012 04:51 PM

Question: I’m trying to get in shape and take control of my fitness. How many calories should I eat every day? I see different recommendations. I’m a woman who is 59. I am 5-foot-4 and weigh 160 pounds.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Caloric intake recommendations vary by individual, and your level of daily activity, metabolism, and underlying medical conditions. As a young woman, with a height of 5-foot-4, your ideal weight should be 120 pounds. To lose 1-2 pounds per week, you should aim to limit your daily diet to 2,000 calories, then adjust downward as needed each week to reach your goal. But don’t try a starvation diet or aim to drop 1,000 calories a day. I would advise a medical consultation at your age before starting any diet, just to be sure you have no adverse conditions. Underlying conditions often flare up when you start a weight-loss regimen. You also need to start an appropriate physical exercise regimen to help you reach your goal. Muscle tissue must be preserved to maintain long-term weight control.

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