Q How many calories do I have to burn to lose a pound?
Heart disease, diabetes and joint pain are just a few of the complications that can arise in someone who is overweight. Putting the effort in to stay healthy and lose weight is a great endeavor but knowing exactly what it takes to reach your goals is important.
One pound of body fat is equal to about 3,500 calories. To give you some perspective, if you choose to lower your calorie intake by 500 calories per day, it would take you one week to lose one pound. To lose weight in a healthy way, it is said that losing two pounds a week is acceptable. If you are on a program of lowering calories, too much too soon can do more harm than good. Your body needs vital nutrients, especially if consistent exercise is part of your program as well.
If you are new to a healthy eating and fitness program, see Dr. Danciger to ensure your feet and ankles are in good health. He can identify any potential problems you may encounter, provide footwear advice and give any treatment for current foot pain symptoms.