Saturday, July 08, 2006

How Many Pounds Can You Lose in One Week?

A total of 3,500 calories are in a pound. Carbohydrates and protein have 4 calories per gram. Fat has 9 calories per gram.

An intense level of exercise for 1 hour will be about 600 calories per hour. This varies. A person who runs very quickly and does interval training will burn more. This is an average. If someone works out at an intermediate or advanced level at least 1 hour five days per week, they can burn at least 500 X 5 = 2,500 calories per week. If they cut down calories that they eat by 500 calories a week, that is an additional 2,500 calorie deficit a week. You can also do this by working out 2 hours per day for 5 days at a lower intensity of 250 calories per day. Cardiovascular equipment usually tells you how many calories you burn after you fill in statistics like gender and age. You can also consult textbooks and exercise such as those by the American Council on Exercise.

Women and men differ by gender, age, health, stress levels and pregnancy (for women) in how many calories they burn per week. Usually losing more than 3 or 3.5 pounds per week is not healthy. It may mean a large cut in calories or too much intense exercise, especially if you are a beginner. Also, remember that muscle weighs more than fat. You may want to actually gain weight per week while losing inches in certain areas!

Again, try out your nutrition and exercise plan and see what works and feels good for your soul, mind and body!

Disclaimer: Information on this blog is for information purposes, and is not intended to take the place of medical advice.

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