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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,699
1/16/13 8:02 P

As already stated: to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. The burning of calories comes from:
1: the calories burned to keep you alive in a resting state
2. the calories burned through your daily activities--walking, sitting, typing, cooking, cleaning
3. the calories burned through your exercise

Just set up your SP program---and the calculations have been done for you. You will get a weight loss calorie range.
Dietitian Becky

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
1/16/13 7:14 P

Is a 500 calorie deficit, not burning 500 calories. The "burn" is from your BMR as well as dedicated exercise. Set up your spark account with accurate info and your 1 pound a week goal. Put in, as accurately as possible, your estimated weekly burn through excess use. Spark calculates your BMR based on the info provided, then uses that along with your goals, current weight and estimate exercise burn to create nutritional ranges. Stay on those ranges, and you'll lose.

MYLAZYLAB SparkPoints: (7,866)
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1/16/13 7:01 P

Hi everyone,

I have heard conflicting information regarding the number of calories you need to burn in order to lose 1 lb per week and I'm wondering if any of you can help clarify the misconceptions. Some material that I have read suggests that you need to burn 3500 calories per week (or 500 calories per day) to lose 1 lb of weight while staying within your calorie range.

Although many say that weight loss is "simple math" and that you need to burn more calories than you consume. However, if you don't consume enough calories, your metabolism can slow. Therefore, it may not be as simple as it might seem.

Any suggestions? TIA

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