How much do we eat per day?
The Hill’s Lauren Greene breaks down the weight gain benefits of buying and eating healthy snacks.
The average American eats about 300 calories per day, which is roughly equivalent to three to four large sandwiches, Greene reported.
The average American is also eating about 150 calories per pound of body weight, which would be more than six large meals.
The daily average for a woman is about 1,400 calories, and for a man, 1,800 calories, Greene said.
But there is plenty of room for growth with the typical American consuming about 2,000 calories a day.
It is not uncommon for a person to eat up to 4,000 to 6,000 fewer calories than they would if they were eating the same amount of food.
Greene found that most Americans who gained weight had to eat the same diet to keep it off, but those who lost weight often had to cut back on what they ate.
People with higher body mass index were more likely to lose weight than those with lower BMI, Greene found.
It also was not uncommon that people with higher BMI had to restrict the amount of calories they ate, Greene added.
The Hill’s Amy Schatz contributed to this report.