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Is there a chart to tell you how many calories to consume to maintain a certain weight? Then, you would know how many calories to reduce in order to lose weight.

Your best bet would be to work on your specific needs with a dietitian. And it's not just weight loss to look at, but changing habits and behaviors. There are various tools out there to use, but you need to be sure the source is reputable.

Nutrition counseling services are available at:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

At the U.S. Department of Agriculture' Choose My Plate website, you can enter your age and activity level, and it will give you your suggested calorie level for maintaining your weight. A decrease of 500 calories each day, or an additional expenditure of 500 calories a day (through exercise) can lead to a safe weight loss of one-two pounds a week.

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