How to find calorie intake after menopause?

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Question from peach: Now that I am in my 40's and have had surgical menopause I know I need fewer calories. Is there a simple formula to use to determine how many calories I need to eat to prevent any further weight gain?
Answers - Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. First of all, the best prevention for weight gain is regular exercise. Basically, you can take your weight goal and multiply it by 12 to get your minimum calorie needs.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. I heard that a woman needs one third fewer calories once she is beyond menopause.
Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. That is not true. Your needs are based on your weight goal and your activity. It has nothing to do with your age. You can email me at ronda@rondagates.com, and if you tell me what your realistic weight goal is, I will email you back an appropriate calorie level.

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