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How many calories a day should I eat to lose 30 pounds?

Hi everyone. I am 161 pounds, and am I am 5’5. How many calories per day should I eat to lose approximately 30 pounds? Also, if you have any other tips to help out, feel free! Thanks so much!

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8 Responses to “How many calories a day should I eat to lose 30 pounds?”

  1. emily_brown18 said:

    Let me first compliment you on having a good goal weight. Most on here tend to be shooting for severely underweight. It’s disgusting.

    That being said, it depends on how active you are, how committed you are, and what sorts of exercise you will be doing in addition to changing your diet. Without knowing that information, I’d say a blanket ideal of around 1500-1600 calories per day, along with 30-60 minutes of cardio 4-5 times per week, is a great way to start.

  2. Diet Guru said:

    keep your carbs below 150 grams a day and you can eat whatever you want.

  3. Kelly said:

    I like to use

    You can enter in all your stats and it will tell you how many calories to eat and also suggest foods and exercise!

  4. Betty B said:

    Losing weight is more about how much you exercise than how little you eat.

    You need to eat enough (your Basal Metabolic Rate), so your body does not lower your metabolism and then you need to exercise for 3,500 calories for each pound of fat reserves that you need to lose.

    A daily average of 500 calories of exercising would be a good goal (more than that is too hard, unless you can exercise for more than 2 hours a day), so you can lose one pound of fat reserves a week.

  5. burningup_06 said:

    You have to exercise at least 5 hours a week and drop your calories to about 1500 a day, that’s really all there is to losing weight. I walk 8 miles or more some days if I have the time. Jogging is ok but I’m not sure how much is good for you. It takes more of a toll on your body than walking fast. You don’t need any diet system or book you can do it on your own easily with just discipline. Do not eat anything unless you know how many calories it is. If you go out to eat try to eat fish (not fried) and avoid places like Taco Bell. If you’re in a hurry and want to go to McDonald’s order a salad or just a couple of hamburgers. Subway is good too but only eat the low fat subs on wheat bread. No extra cheese, and only the fat free sauces like the sweet onion sauce.

  6. Elaine said:

    500 or less

  7. rowlfe said:

    It is simple in theory, fewer calories IN than OUT and you will lose weight.All it takes is to run a negative calorie balance on a regular basis, every day, in moderation so you don’t starve like people are doing in less developed 3rd world countries who are forced into things. Consult a nutritionist. Consult a personal trainer. Get the numbers and do the math. There is NOTHING that is hard here! All you need is some willpower, a little education and be able to add and subtract. You don’t even need a calculator as all you are doing is estimates anyway. The only math required here is being able to count on your fingers. Managing you caloric intake and expenditure is NOT an exact science. Close is good enough. It is normal to change caloric intake and expenditure daily which results in a temporary gain or loss of a pound or more every day. The key is to consistently expend MORE calories than you consume, a little every day, at every meal and the consultants you ask for information can help you with the facts about nutrition and exercise.

  8. Cheryl said:

    I concur, mostly, but don’t you feel you’re oversimplifying?


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