All people need carbohydrates to provide energy to their bodies. Men and women who exercise rigorously will require greater carbohydrate intake, with the actual requirements differing slightly between men and women.
The Overall Need for Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are needed for proper functioning of the brain, the kidneys, the liver and red blood cells. According to nutritional labeling guidelines, 60 percent of a person's daily calories should come from carbohydrates, with most of these coming from complex carbohydrates such as grains and vegetables.
Carbohydrates for Men
The average man eats 2,500 calories a day, so he needs 1,500 calories a day, or approximately 375 grams of carbohydrates a day. More active men require more calories to fuel their active lifestyle. According to the "Journal of Nutrition," the average male in the United States takes in 287 grams of carbohydrates a day.
Carbohydrates for Women
The average woman eats 2,000 calories a day, so she needs 1,200 calories a day of carbohydrates, or approximately 300 grams of carbohydrates per day. The demand may go up more for active women than for men, because women seem to burn more carbohydrates during exercise than men. According to the "Journal of Nutrition," the average woman's carbohydrate intake per day is 177 grams.