Calorie Count
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Calories Burned converted to pounds lost

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I know that you want to burn between 500 and 1000 calories a day more than what you take in to lose weight, but does anyone know how many pounds per week (or day) that converts to? 

For example, if I burn 500 calories a day more than I take in, then in a week, approximately how many pound could I expect to have lost?  And if I burned 1000 more, then how many pounds?   I know this is a very inexact science with lots of variables, but I would like a rough idea.



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Every 3500 cals equals 1lb.  So you need a 500 cal deficit every day to loose a pound.

From my understanding... 3500 calories equals 1 pound, so to speak.  So if you want to lose 1 lb a week, you need to burn roughly 3500/7days=500 more calories than you consume every day.  Hope that helps.


Wow... didn't mean to post the same info twice.  Ha ha... sorry.

Thanks for the info!  Of course, it's sooo much easier to put it on than take it off!

Yeah, really... the max power output I can muster according to my stationary bike is 2800 cal/hour in sprints... but I could EAT that much in a minute!  

Agreed.  Currently, I'm trying to exercise Damage Control.

Driving past the fast food places and sucking it up so that I can eat what I have at home.  Drinking more water.

I'm glad I found this thread.  I was a bit lost at to how much more Burn calories I needed past my Eat calories to make progress.

Thank you, thank you, thank you all for clearing up that confusion.  Now, I need to go kiss my Polar F11 and tell it that I won't neglect it anymore.

This is all so exciting :)

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I beg to differ and I disagree. Burning 5000 calories = to a loss of 50 lbs., for example.

Original Post by burs1250:

I beg to differ and I disagree. Burning 5000 calories = to a loss of 50 lbs., for example.

Not even close.

An average person will burn 5000 calories in less than 3 days.

Aha, another one from under the bridge I see.  

Clearly they have different metabolism than humans, and maybe under the bridge calories burn differently.

Amazing how trolls can't do basic mathematics... or chemistry and physics...

Anything's possible, coach :)

im trying to lose weight now too, just 10 pounds but its so hard!! i mean an hour a day on the eliptical is touture and i only burn 300 calories. :/ i dont need to lose the weight per-say but i want to.

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