How many calories do you need in a day? Guidelines vary from 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day for a woman and from 2,000 to 2,500 for a man.
But Sean Kinane says that figure varies wildly from person to person. And what we really should be looking at is our "Resting Metabolic Rate" – that this is a truer indication of how many calories each individual is allowed to consume. And it can be measured by just blowing in a tube!
Derek takes this metabolic test today to find out about his resting metabolic rate, and Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden goes out to ask people "how many calories do you think you are allowed in a day and how do you burn them off?"
Sean Kinane, founder of MyHealthMatters.ie, specialises in 'Metabolic Testing'; he joins Derek in studio with the results of his metabolic test, and to explain how it all works...
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