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Maximum Calories Burned Per Day

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Kim Nunley has been screenwriting and working as an online health and fitness writer since 2005. She’s had multiple short screenplays produced and her feature scripts have placed at the Austin Film Festival. Prior to writing full-time, she worked as a strength coach, athletic coach and college instructor. She holds a master's degree in kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton.
Maximum Calories Burned Per Day
Running burns a significant number of calories.

The maximum number of calories that can be burned in a day depends on the workout activity that you participate in and the duration. To burn the most calories, participate in the most effective activity for as long as safely possible.

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Maximum Exercise Duration

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a maximum daily exercise duration of 90 minutes, which they say may be necessary for those interested in losing body fat.

Most Effective Exercise

According to, running is the most effective calorie-burning physical activity. A 150-lb. person burns about 986 calories running for 60 minutes at a speed of 8 mph. If that person ran for 90 minutes, they would burn a total of approximately 1,479 calories.


Losing weight requires you to create a caloric deficit by burning more calories than you consume. You can maximize the number of calories you burn by running for 90 minutes, but you can also help create more of a caloric deficit by limiting your intake. Eating low-calorie foods will support your weight loss efforts.

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