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could be a dumb question...

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM
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But I read somewhere that you're supposed to burn off more than what you take in.. Does this mean that you need to burn more than the total calories you eat a day or am I missing something? I know the answer is probably very simple but I just want to know if I'm doing what I should be to lose wieght or if I'm going about it all wrong.. Sorry if it sounds kinda goofy..
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Bethbeth
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Remember you burn calories just by breathing! So you need to figure out how many your body burns just breathing/living for 24 hours and add that to how many calories you burn exercising!

Bethbeth
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

And it's not a dumb question. I've seen several people ask it :)

mom2monkies
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:00 PM

You burn calories while you are doing nothing. So technically yes you are supposed to burn more calories that what you eat. I do not know how to explain it good. I am sure someone can though.

mgarze
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:15 PM

You have to burn 3500 calories a wk to lose a pound or two of fat..thats 500 calories a dayover what you eat...If you eat 1200 calories you have to burn 1700 calories a day

mcginnisc
by Claire on Aug. 18, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Weight loss is all about calories in vs. calories out. So, yes in essence you have to burn more calories per day than you consume to lose weight. Now, that does NOT mean to eat 800 calories and burn 1500. 

What this means is to know your BMR, maintenance and loss calories so that you can safely and effectively lose weight. 

It is best to aim for a 500 calorie deficit daily. One pound of fat containst 3500 calories so you need to expend at least 3500 cals per week to lose 1 lb of fat. 

7 days* 500 calorie deficit=3500 cals=1 lb weekly loss

Once you know your BMR, maintenance and loss calories you will know better how to do this..

For instance, I am 36, 115.5 lbs and 5'1". My BMR is 1274. I work out 6 days per week, so I use this formula: 1274*1.725=2197

To lose 1 lb per week: 2197-500=1697

I need to consume between 1274-1697 cals per day to lose 1 lb per week.. Now, since I know my BMR is 1274 and I will burn that regardless, I can add my exercise burn to that to get a rough idea of how many calories I've burned between exercise and BMR ( this does not take into account other activities): If I burn 700 cals working out in a day ( not unheard of for me since I work out 3 hours per day) I know I've burned roughly 1974 cals and can adjust my consumption thusly. 

Clear as mud? 

claire

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Aug. 18, 2011 at 7:31 AM

That's very clear Claire!  I get it totally:)  Good luck mama!  You can do this!

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Aug. 18, 2011 at 7:32 AM

By the way, there is NEVER a such thing as a dumb question in this group:)

marybmorrison
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:33 PM
Thank you everybody :) I was trying to read about it and was getting so confused!!
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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Aug. 18, 2011 at 4:08 PM

You're SO welcome:)  

Healthywahm
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Hi,

I can send you a list of weight loss tips if you'd like, just message me a put "list of tips" in the subject line.

Linda

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