The scientific approach to calculating maintenance calories

Thursday, March 30, 2017. Author Nathan West

Simply put, maintenance calories are the number of daily calories required to maintain your current body weight and body composition (the proportion of fat and muscle) for a given level of physical activity. If you ate this number of calories for a prolonged period and didn't intensify your training, overreach, force adaptation or increase/decrease your activity levels, then your current body weight and body composition would not significantly change.

Why is it important to know your correct level of maintenance calories? There are a number reasons, but since I am a scientist, I’ll compare it to conducting an experiment.

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