The average adult needs about 2,000 calories per day. If you are trying to lose weight or you're inactive, you may need fewer calories each day. The iChoose600® Calorie Meal pages provide resources for you to get a better estimate of your specific calorie needs.

A 2,000 calorie a day plan means each meal can be up to 600 calories. Meals with fewer than 600 calories will leave room for the calories from small, healthy snacks and beverages during the day.

Calorie Guidelines for Adults who are moderately physically active

Gender Age 19-50 Age 51+
Women 2,000-2,200 1,800
Men 2,400-2,800 2,200-2,400

Moderately active means getting about 150 minutes per week of physical activity that makes you work as hard as a brisk walk, in addition to the regular activities of daily life.

Example of meals under 600 calories

Please note, the number of calories per item varies from restaurant to restaurant. Be sure to check the menu and calorie postings before ordering.

  • Hamburger with small fries and water
  • Grilled chicken sandwich with a diet soda
  • Fish Sandwich with a side salad and water