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How many calories do you lose on a typical day?


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Mine said, and I put it down as "sedetary" lifystyle, that I burn 1900 calories a day basically doing nothing. That seems like too many calories to burn not doing much activity, doesn't it?

I thought that the whole concept of "in order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you consume" originated based on burning off the calories you consume through excercise or vigorous activities. For example, I thought that in order for me to burn off 1600 calories, I would have to run 3 hours. I didn't know that everyday activities factored into this.
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Mine is about the same. Your body burns calories all day long- sleeping, sitting, walking, digesting food, doing laundry, dishes, etc. The key to weight loss is to create a deficit by exercising more and/or eating less calories.              &nb sp;   

for instance, burning an average of 1900cal per day you would need to create a deficit of 500 cal to lose one pound per week. You could do this by cutting your cals down to 1400 per day with a sedentary lifestyle, or by burning 500 cal a day through exercise, or a combo of both. Exercise is important for overall health though- so it should be incorporated into you daily lifestyle.

I am pretty new here but this is what I have learned so far and it works for me. A person burns a certain amount of calories just for their body to function. According to my age, height and weight I need about 1500 calories daily. I am small framed, 5'0 and 43 years old. On most days I have been consuming the minimum amount of calories for a woman, which is 1200. I try to work out every day and burn at least 300 calories. This puts me in a deficit of around 600 calories daily. Sometimes I eat more than 1200 and only have a deficit of 200 or 300. I have lost 12.5 pounds since June 28.
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I agree with kiwistar fruit... all activity counts. I have a sister who never works out, and can eat about 500 calories a day more than I can... yet she weighs less that me.  I work out 3 to  5 times a week.  I do a very strenuous weight class.  So what gives? My sister is a nurse, works much over time, is on her feet more hours of the day.  I, on the other hand, have days I am so tired from my class, I am contented to find sit-down things to do.  Well, if you do the math,  nursing burns way more energy in 8 hours, than 1 hour of exercise and 7 sedentary hours burns. Scientists know that people who just "fidget" can burn hundreds of calories more per day than people who don't fidget.  So all activity burns energy, so all contributes to the deficit. So figuring your deficit is actually a tricky thing... the only thing you really know is your rate of weight loss... if losing 2 pounds or less a week, your deficit is just fine.
I work out six times a week, burn 1300-1500 cal on each visit to the gym (i´m an athletic 19 year old), so i need about 3100-3300 cals a day, when i diet i cut it to 2000 cals a day or less.
Well, I do excercise and since I don't have a car, I walk a lot. I just wanted to see how many calories I would be able to burn not doing anything at all. I think I actually burn less because it takes me more effort than that just to lose 1- 2 lbs. per week!
I'm 5 ' 0, small framed, in my 40's.  Weigh 110 lbs, goal 95.  I eat 1200 - 1500 calories a day, and burn 1000 calories a day, lately.....as I have been regularly walking 10 miles a day, in several 35 minute walking sessions.  In between my walks I am eating my meals/ snacks and doing housework and yardwork.  I keep my metabolism revved up by walking intermittently combined with the meals/snacks.   It's working.  I'm losing 1/2 to 1 lb a week.  :)

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I am new hear to and from what ive read the body burns between 50 to 70 kcal phr to maintain itself. Women are usually at the lower end of scale. so 50 x 24hr = 1200 kcal pday. Theory is 1200 kcal to loose weight, as you will use more kcals just by moving around the house. Also the more you have to loose the quicker it comes off. I used to weight  215lbs 5ft 11". I reduced my intake to 1800 1900kcal per day and have levelled at 193 lbs December to april. To bring it down more I am going to the gym 3 times a week combining strength and cardio training, 1hr 40mins per session. this works for me. I know when to increase my intake of kcal as I feel tired  later in day. I always go for fruit as the natural sugar gives me a lift. moderate cardio work for 45 mins per session burns up 650 - 700 kcal on rower.
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