The Truth About How Many Calories You Need to Eat to Lose Weight

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Want to drop some pounds? Eat less, lose weight has always been the simple answer. And here's another proven diet tip: Since one pound of fat is equal to roughly 3,500 calories, simply delete this amount of food from your weekly diet and the scale will go down.

Right?

Well, there are a few more factors to consider when it comes to calorie counting in order to shrink your waistline. For one thing, not all calories are created equal.

"Calories matter when it comes to weight loss and maintenance, and in order to lose weight, you must take in less energy than you expend," says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. "And how much energy you burn each day is dependent on your metabolic rate, as well as your physical activity."

 

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