I recently learned that to lose 1lb of fat one needs to burn 3500 calories. So in theory if I target 2lbs per week I would need to have a deficit of 7000 calories which is equal to a 1000 calorie deficit per day. Am I right in my assumption?
But please be careful, some people who have less than 20lbs to lose should not carry a deficit that high.
It's never a good idea to go over a 1000 calorie a day deficit either. (i.e. no more than 2lbs a week)
I have 74lbs to lose so I'm not that concerned about the deficit. My calorie burner indicates I burn about 2600 calories per day plus I usually burn about 400 more calories through exercise so that would bring my burn total to 3000. My calorie intake goal is going to be 2000. I was initially targeting a deficit of 500 to 700 but now with this new information I'll change it to 1000 and see what difference it makes.
Thanks for the replies.
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