Calories Per Pound – Weight Loss Calculation

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Question: How many calories do I need to burn to lose a pound of fat?

3500 calories is the rough estimate for the energy contained in one pound of fat!

This means that to lose one pound per week, you must create a deficit of 3500 calories per week. Since a week is 7 days, that means a deficit of 3500 / 7 = 500 calories per day. This is a great starting point.

The reality is much more complex .. for example, 3500 calories will not produce a pound of muscle, it actually takes more than that, etc etc … However, as a general rule of thumb, it gives you a starting point and then you can play with the numbers from there.


By | 2017-04-18T01:23:18+00:00 July 6th, 2011|Fitness Tips, Postpartum Weight Loss Diary|0 Comments