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26 Feb 2004

Calories needed to lose per 1kg
Dear Dietdoc

Background: Male, 35, 1.86m, 108kg. Aerobic exercise 3-4x per week. Desk job.

1. How many calories do i need to consume daily to maintain my weight?
2. Is this called my Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)?
3. About how many calories will I burn daily if I do no exercise?
4.How many calories do I need to burn to lose 1kg?

Thank you.
Answer 420 views

01 Jan 0001

Dear Reader
An adult male doing moderate exercise requires 2 900 kcal a day to maintain weight. The BMR is the number of kcals you require to keep your body processes turning over - breathing, heartbeat, etc - in a resting state, i.e. not even sitting at a desk. It is difficult to calculate how many kcals you would burn on a daily basis as this is determined by your body build, percentage of muscle and fat tissue, etc. You need to reduce your energy intake by about 500 to 800 kcal a day to lose approx. 1 kg per week. Exercise does more than just burn energy, it also increases your BMR for up to 24 hours and helps you to stick to your diet.
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