If you are overweight or obese, you may be wondering how many calories should you eat in order to lose weight. In this W8MD article, we will review the science and the art of understanding how many calories you should eat to lose weight.

Resting metabolic rate test

First things first, you need to know what your resting metabolic rate is which is a simple breathing test offered at most W8MD weight loss centers, and covered by most insurances.

How many calories to eat to lose weight?

Let us take an example: Let us say, you have a resting metabolic rate of 2000 calories. That means, your body is burning about 2000 calories per day not counting exercise. In order for you to lose weight, you need to have a calorie deficit of 500 to 1000 calories per day.

How many calories are in one pound of body fat?

There are about 3500 calories in one pound of body fat – so, in order to lose about one pound a week, the caloric deficit should be about 500 calories per day so in 7 days, the deficit will add up to 3500 calories. If your goal is to lose 2 lbs per week, then the deficit should be about 1000 calories and if your goal is to lose 3 lbs per week, then the caloric deficit should be 1500 calories per day.

W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan.

W8MD physician medical weight loss, sleep, holistic and aesthetic medicine programs can help you not only to lose weight, and sleep better but also to look your best!

As the nation and the world fight an epidemic of obesity, being at the forefront of the war on obesity, W8MD is constantly expanding by adding new locations and offering franchising opportunities to physicians.



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