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How much fat do you need?

Most people don't have have to worry about getting enough fat in their diets. Many people do get too much fat. Use the handy table and fat allowance calculator below to figure out how much fat you should be allowing yourself each day.

First, find the recommended energy (calories) intake for your sex and age in this table. Remember, this is just an estimate. Your personal calorie and fat needs depend on a number of other factors, including your body size, level of physical activity and nutrition goals. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have questions.

Recommended energy (calories) intake
for men and women of varying ages*

Women

Men

19 - 50 years old 2200 calories
51 years and up 1900 calories

19 - 50 years old 2900 calories
51 years and up 2300 calories

*Note: Based on a light to moderate activity level.

After you've found your recommended calorie intake (or if you already know it), find your number in the left box below. Your daily fat allowance (in grams) will appear in the box on the right.

Calories

Fat

1200

40

1300

43

1400

47

1500

50

1600

53

1700

56

1800

60

1900

63

2000

65

2100

70

2200

73

2300

77

2400

80

2500

83

2600

87

2700

90

2800

93

2900

97

3000

100

 


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