||[Jan. 20th, 2005|02:33 pm]
Health, Beauty, and Self-esteem
How many calories do you need to burn to lose one pound of fat?
The Correct Answer: 3,500
"If your body uses 3,500 calories more than you take in, you lose a pound of fat. You can lose weight two ways — by eating fewer calories or by increasing the number of calories your body uses through physical activity. The best way to lose weight is to combine both. However, decreasing calorie intake appears to play a greater role in promoting weight loss.
A slow, steady approach is safest and much more likely to be permanent. Aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. To do this, create a calorie deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories a day through a low-calorie diet and regular exercise. Losing weight more rapidly means losing water weight or muscle tissue rather than fat."