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How many calories do I need to lose weight?

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Dr. Scott Mitchell
Bariatrics
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In brief: < daily calorie need

In order to lose weight a good way to look at it would be to consume less than your basal metabolic rate.
At the very least you need to consume less than your daily calorie needs which is calculated using your BMR and your activity level. To make these calculations go to http://www.Bmi-calculator.Net/bmr-calculator/ and plug in the appropriate numbers for age, gender, height, weight, & activity.

In brief: < daily calorie need

In order to lose weight a good way to look at it would be to consume less than your basal metabolic rate.
At the very least you need to consume less than your daily calorie needs which is calculated using your BMR and your activity level. To make these calculations go to http://www.Bmi-calculator.Net/bmr-calculator/ and plug in the appropriate numbers for age, gender, height, weight, & activity.
Dr. Scott Mitchell
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Holly Barth
General Practice
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In brief: Burn more than eat

Overall it comes down to how much you consume.
You should burn more than that. There are programs (try looking them up online) that can count your calories for you. And some that will estimate how many you burn from certain activities. They aren't perfect but can be good estimates. Eat healthy and don't over eat. Avoid junk food including soda and alcohol.

In brief: Burn more than eat

Overall it comes down to how much you consume.
You should burn more than that. There are programs (try looking them up online) that can count your calories for you. And some that will estimate how many you burn from certain activities. They aren't perfect but can be good estimates. Eat healthy and don't over eat. Avoid junk food including soda and alcohol.
Holly Barth
Holly Barth
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