How do I lose 1 pound?


Quick Answer

In order to lose 1 pound, a person has to have a total calorie deficit of 3,500 calories, according to the Mayo Clinic. Ideally, this is accomplished over a period of a week in which the person burns 500 calories more than he consumes each day.

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The best way to have a calorie deficit is to exercise more and eat fewer calories. It is important to still eat enough calories to sustain life. The average male adult needs 2,500 calories per day, and the average female adult needs 2,000 calories per day.

To burn calories through exercise, a person can walk, swim, bike or do any other physical activity. Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on a weekly basis. That means exercising five days each week with 30 minutes of exercise per day.

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