Ask a Dietician: What is the recommended calorie intake per day for different job roles?

Hi Claudia, there has been much talk about maintaining calorie count to keep a watch on one’s weight. However, for me to do that successfully, I need to know how many calories I can consume for my age, gender and lifestyle in a day.

Hi there!
The energy requirements vary per gender, age, height, weight and overall physical activity.
  1. For a desk job (E.g. Accountant, lawyer, MyDoc employee)
Women require between 1600 to 1800 calories per day and men need a little bit more, between 2000 to 2100 calories per day.
  1. For strenuous job roles (E.g. Construction, courier)
Even for a strenuous job, the number of calories can vary extensively. For women, it may vary between 2000 to 2800 calories per day. And for men between 2500 to 3500 calories per day.

How many calories should you take in a day?

On average, every male requires about 2200 calories a day and every female requires 1800 calories a day.
However, always remember that good health is not just about eating the suggested number of calories. The body requires the correct amount of nutrition as well. Find out how you can eat healthy by looking at some the earlier articles.