# How to Calorie Cycle i Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Knowing how to calorie cycle can mean the difference between an average weight-loss program and one that kicks your fat-loss into overdrive. Ordinary programs work for a certain amount of time with mediocre results. Learning how to calorie cycle is the key to breaking through weight-loss plateaus and burning unwanted body fat.

## Step 1

Write your weight on a notepad. Do not guess how much you weigh or round the numbers up or down. The formula you will use to calculate your calorie cycle needs to be accurate.

## Step 2

Start with one month out of the calendar year and divide it into two weeks. Calculate how many calories you need to eat for the high end of your daily calorie cycle. Use a calculator and enter your weight, multiply it by 12 and add 100. The answer will tell you how many calories to eat for the first two weeks of the month. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, multiply this by 12 to get 1,680 and add 100 to get 1,780 daily calories.

## Step 3

Calculate the last two weeks of the month for the low end of your daily calorie cycle by using a calculator and entering your weight x 12 - 300. The answer will tell you how many calories per day to eat for the last two weeks of the month. Using the same example, multiply 140 by 12 to get 1,680 and subtract 300 to yield 1,380 daily calories.

## Step 4

Divide the total calories you need per day by three to get the total number of calories you should eat per meal. So, divide 1,380 by three to get 460 calories per meal.