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How Many Calories Do I Need to Burn to Loose Weight?



Question: How Many Calories Do I Need to Burn to Loose Weight?

I am trying to cook and eat a low calorie diet so that I can lose weight. What I need to know if how many calories to I have to cut out of my diet in order to lose weight?

Answer:

The answer to the question of how many calories is required to lose weight really comes down to simple math. One pound is worth 3,500 calories. In other words, in order to lose one pound, you must burn 3,500 calories.

Does "burning calories" mean that these calories must be omitted by exercising? Not necessarily. If you were to consume less calories than you normally would, this would also result in calorie reduction and thus weight loss. For example, if you are maintaining your current weight by eating 2,000 calories per day, you could eat 500 calories less per day (or 1,500 calories per day) and over the course of a week or 7 days, you would lose one pound because you would have consumed 3,500 calories less. Alternatively, you could eat as you normally do, but exercise by burning 500 calories per day and still lose one pound over the course of a week.

Is there one better method for weight loss? That depends on the individual. History would probably show that weight loss occurs most easily when a lifestyle change takes place. And probably the easiest way to lose weight and keep it off is to use a combination of calorie restriction and exercise to succeed in daily life to a point that you can continue that type of lifestyle after the dieting phase ends.


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