According to the National Center of Health Statistics, the average American female is 5 feet, 3/4 inches and weighs 163 lbs. The recommended healthy weight for this height is no more than 147 lbs for a hefty frame, according to medical height and weight charts. Oops. We all know our nation is a bit (or a lotta bit) on the hefty side, so burning calories and maintaining healthy weight is often on our minds. But with women busy with work, household chores, and raising children, it’s hard to find the time to exercise. So learn how many calories the average American female burns in her regular day without exercise.
Surprisingly, the average woman burns around 2,000 calories a day, 380 of them just in sleeping, claims livestrong.com. Many websites, such as livestrong.com can tell you how many calories you burn based on your weight and activity level. You see, the body burns calories every single moment, whether you’re on the couch watching TV, or chasing the kids, or taking a bath. Fortunately, even if you have no time to exercise, you are still in calorie-burning mode. The positive side? You are burning 2,000 calories a day. The downside? The average American woman consumes over 4,000 calories in a day, according to the USDA (usda.gov study from 2008-2009 survey). Which means that we are burning calories, but not nearly as much as we are consuming, which is why we are so overweight as a nation.
To lose 1 pound, the body needs to use 3,500 calories, according to naturalphysiques.com. The same goes for gaining a pound, only the body needs to consume 3,500 calories. So the average female is likely maintaining her heft and not gaining much weight, but without exercise she is likely not going to be losing any weight anytime soon. With the average woman consuming double the amount of calories than she should and burning about 1,500 calories less than she needs to maintain healthiest weight, a woman should consider small changes she can make to her life that she can benefit from even if she chooses not to add exercise to her diet, or does not simply have time to exercise.
It starts with small changes in diet. Simply adding more water to your diet (here’s how to get the daily recommended amount of water for your size- take your weight, divide it by two, and take that number and divide it by eight. This is how many cups you need in a day). Even drinking ice water speeds your metabolism so you burn more calories in a day. Simply abstaining from one can of soda saves you 150 calories, which would take about 15 minutes of swift jogging to work off anyhow.
In using free calorie counters online (simply type in “calorie counter” and a whole bunch will pop up that you can use) you can see how the foods you eat add unneeded calories to your diet, and exercise calorie counters can tell you how much you’d have to work out to burn them off. This tactic makes a donut, which averages 185 calories for a plain one, not quite worth the 20 minutes you’d have to run to work off.
Knowing that we are not burning off enough calories in even a busy average day in our lives should be a wakeup call that we need to work out more and eat more healthy to be a good example to ourselves and our children. All we need to do is make small, life-changing decisions in our daily diets to better our lives and make ourselves less physically unfit.