How many calories do I need to burn a day to lose weight?

I am NOT going to “cut 500 calories out of my normal diet” or else I will be under-eating! I already eat healthy, but I never lose weight! I just want to lose 10 pounds. So how many calories should I burn every day to lose 1-2 pounds a week?

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6 Responses to “How many calories do I need to burn a day to lose weight?”

  1. Reagan said:

    Well, about 3500 calories is 1 pound of pure fat.

    I hate to break it to you, but if you only tried to eat less, you really would have to eat 500 calories less per day. 3500 divided by 7 (Days a week. this would give us the amount of calories you would need to eat less of per day to burn 1 pound of pure fat), equals 500.

    If you would be under-eating, you should incorporate exercise into this diet plan. It is the only way to lose weight, in your situation, without under-eating.

  2. Prof L said:

    It takes 3500 calories over what you burn to gain a pound, or 3500 burned over and above what you eat to lose a pound. 1-2 pounds is a healthy amount to lose a week, assuming that you need to lose at all. You might be able to cut out a few calories of what you eat, that is much easier than burning more, because to be honest you have to do a lot of work to burn calories. Don’t go below 1500-1400 calories a day though (assuming an adult) unless a Dr. suggests otherwise. If you want to do it strictly by keeping your calorie intake the same, and assuming that won’t lead you to gain weight, you could burn 500 calories a day five days a week for one pound a week.

  3. Leslie said:

    Eat 1200 calories and try burning 500

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  4. Bruce said:

    To lose one pound of fat, you must burn approximately 3500 calories over and above what you already burn doing daily activities. That sounds like a lot of calories and you certainly wouldn’t want to try to burn 3500 calories in one day. However, by taking it step-by-step, you can determine just what you need to do each day to burn or cut out those extra calories. Below is a step by step process for getting started.

    Calculate your BMR (basal metabolic rate). Your BMR is what your body needs to maintain normal functions like breathing and digestion. This is the minimum number of calories you need to eat each day. Keep in mind that no calculator will be 100% accurate, so you may need to adjust these numbers as you go along.

    Calculate your activity level. Use a calorie calculator to figure out how many calories you burn while sitting, standing, exercising, lifting weights, etc. throughout the day. It helps to keep a daily activity journal or you could even wear a heart rate monitor that calculates calories burned.

    Keep track of how many calories you eat. You can use a site like Calorie Count or use a food journal to write down what you eat and drink each day. Be as accurate as possible, measuring when you need to or looking up nutritional information for restaurants, if you eat out.

    Add it up. Take your BMR number, add your activity calories and then subtract your food calories from that total. If you’re eating more than you’re burning, (your BMR + activity is 2000 and you’re eating 2400 calories) you’ll gain weight. If you’re burning more than you eat, you’ll lose weight.
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  5. Jaylee Smith said:

    Well, I don’t think it’s the number of calories you need to burn but rather, the kind of food you eat. First of all, it’s okay to take good fats (unsaturated from plant and dairy sources and some ‘natural’ saturated fats from cheese and whole milk) as they are easier for the body to break down and even helps boost metabolism.

    Personally, I find that the best way to lose weight is actually through boosting your metabolism as compared to strict diets and pills because it is a more sustainable way to losing weight in the long-term and keeping your body lean and healthy for years.

    Here are some tips to increase your metabolism:

    1) Do not skip breakfast, this is the biggest cause of slow metabolism.

    2) Do not skip your regular meal and starve yourself, this can slow down your metabolism quickly. Instead you should eat smaller meals of 300 to 400 calories through the day, this will help in increasing your metabolism because your metabolism must adapt to a regular schedule of small but steady calorie input when you eat smaller meals. For example, your metabolism will try to burn only 1000 calories per day If you eat only 1000 calories per day.

    3) Eat more vegetables and fresh fruits, they help to boost metabolism.

    4) Cut back on all sugary foods, they slow down your metabolism.

    5) Drink 8 glasses of water each day.

    6) Have a good sleep at night. A well rested body will boost your metabolism for the whole day.

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  6. Content Gs said:

    There are more tips and info.
    How to lose weight naturally has been in debate for years.

    Some say low carb. Some say high carb. Some say it’s how much food. Some say it’s how much exercise. But none of these covers the whole picture.

    How to lose weight naturally is not rocket science. It just takes accepting the facts of these seven natural laws of weight loss, plus good old-fashioned stick-to-itiveness.

    Seven Laws of How to Lose Weight Naturally

    1. Make a commitment to whatever it takes.
    2. Start from a foundation of happiness.
    3. Design your own healthy diet plan.
    4. Manage your emotions.
    5. Find a way to exercise daily.
    6. Keep a Journal.
    7. Be persistent.

    – Healthy life every day!




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