WITH the new year well underway, many people have made resolutions for healthier diets.
But how many calories should we be aiming for each day, and how do our staple food and favourite drink options weigh up?
Alamy The amount of calories you require each day can depend on height, weight, age and lifestyle factors
How many calories should men and women eat in a day?
According to the NHS website, the average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) to maintain his weight, within a healthy, balanced diet.
For women the amount is slightly less at 2,000kcal (8,400kJ).
Calories measure how much energy your food or drink contains, and they exact amount you need will depend on the following:
- Your age (growing teenagers may require more energy)
- Your size (height and weight can affect how much you require)
- Your lifestyle (some jobs are more active than others, and your hormones or any medication you are on can also affect the amount)
Alamy The average man needs around 2,500kcal each day to maintain his weight, and for women it is around 2,000kcal
What is the calorie count for chicken, eggs, milk and other staples?
If you are calculating your daily allowance, here are some of the staple food and their approximate calorie counts:
- Chicken breast, 100g -157kcal
- Bacon, 100g of back bacon – 287kcal (72kcal in one 25g rasher)
- Cheese, 100g of Cheddar – 409.7kcal
- Eggs, one medium size 58g egg – 143kcal
- Greek yoghurt, one 170g pot – 163.2kcal
- Milk, one 200ml semi-skimmed glass – 97.2kcal
- Bread, white loaf of 100g – 265kcal
Alamy One medium-sized egg has around 143kcal, similar to chicken which has 157kcal for a 100g breast
- Bananas, medium 118g – 105 kcal
- Potatoes, one 300g potato – 225kcal
- Rice, for 75g of white basmati – 262kcal
- Wine, red 125ml – 85kcal, white wine 125ml – 85kcal
- Pasta, 50g of spaghetti – 181kcal
- Beer, one pint of draught beer – 182kcal
All figures are approximate and you should check packaging for the exact brand figure.