How Many Calories to Eat to Lose 2 Lbs a Day

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Losing 2 pounds a day can a difficult job. In order to lose weight properly, you need to both reduce your daily calories and exercise in order to burn calories.

Calories

Calories are the energy stored in food. Too many calories can cause you to gain weight. Therefore, when trying to lose weight, you need to reduce the amount of calories consumed each day.

Losing 2 Pounds

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are approximately 3,500 calories in one pound. Therefore, in order to lose 2 pounds in 1 day, you must reduce your caloric intake by 7,000 calories.

Losing Weight

MayoClinic.com has several suggestions for losing weight. These include reducing your portion size, eliminating high-calorie snacks and replacing high-calorie meals with healthier options.

Exercise

Very few people will eat 7,000 calories per day. Therefore, in order to lose weight, you must not only reduce your daily calories but also exercise regularly in order to burn excess calories.

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