How Many Calories are in a Pound?
The amount of calories that make up a pound is a common question. There are many schools of thought on this subject with many sides disagreeing on the actual amount. You shouldn’t have to be a rocket scientist or math genius to be able to figure it out and some want you to be. There is a margin of error associated with the common belief, but I believe that the common answer of 3500 kcal per pound is close enough for 99% of us. Because 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose 1 pound. If you cut 500 calories from your diet each day, you’d lose about 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). So when you are making your choices throughout the day, whether it is a Snickers bar, a Starbucks Frappachino or an apple, every calorie counts. Remember if you don’t eat enough every day it can derail your weight loss as well.
Now that you know how many calories are in a pound, what do you do with that information? How do you know what you have taken in for the day? Do you keep a log? If not you SHOULD!
Having a food journal is a must. It can be a pain to log your food intake, but how can you ever be sure without doing it? The food journal to the left is the old way of doing things but is definitely a good start. Do you have to buy something to keep track? Of course not! You can always accomplish the same thing with a piece of paper and a pen. You will be very surprised the first day you log EVERYTHING that you put in your body! Don’t change your eating that first time. Get the TRUTH!
The new way of keeping a journal is by using MyFitnessPal. It is an app for a smartphone or tablet that not only lets you log your food on the go, but also has a comprehensive library of food and calorie values that you can choose. It also has an option to scan food and automatically enters it for you. I use this app every single day to both log my food and my exercise. It has a comprehensive set of tools that can help you on your weight loss journey.
Now that you know how many calories are in a pound what are you going to do with it? It boils down to you. YOU make the choice. Are you in?