# If 3500 cals= 1 pound

#### miss-tri

##### Full Member
S: 11st8lb C: 11st8lb G: 8st0lb Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
If 3500 calories lost is equivalent to a pound lost, wouldnt it make sense to for instance if you wanted to lose a pound after a day to exercise alot and lose the 3500 cals (and more as you'll need to lose the calories you eat too) and thus lose a pound of fat? I do realise that losing 3500 cals a day is not easy in the slightest and that its not likely to be very healthy either but i just want to know if it is correct, the principle.. the theory or whatever you want to call it

#### kagome75

##### WWer
S: 92kg C: 61kg G: 55kg BMI: 24.4 Loss: 31kg(33.68%)
in theory it is, but in practice it depends by how your body burns these calories. before going into burning the hard sweated reserves of fat your body would get rid of ANYTHING it can.

But as soon as you start working again, this new wage wouldn't go in getting back all the luxuries you had in the past. You would first of all restock your savings. You would get the essential back (your kids for example!!!!) but you won't do the excesses that you were doing before, and will make sure that you will put away much more money than what you have spent while being out of work.

That's the same for your body: if you start eating again what you ate before, you would gain back all the fat you've lost and even more, but you wouldn't get back all the muscle mass you've lost, making it increasingly more difficult to lose the weight in the future, as your metabolism slows down.

Going back to your question about burning 3500 calories, if you undereat 3500 calories in a week your body will burn muscle mass first to overcome the deficit. THEN and only then it will go into the fat. So you might lose 0.9lbs of muscles and 0.1 lb of fat, which means that then you'll need to undereat even further to lose again, and so goes on until you'll be eating so little that you'll get fed up and will start eating what you ate before, and put everything back on

Hope this helps!

#### miss-tri

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S: 11st8lb C: 11st8lb G: 8st0lb Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
It sure does!! made a lot of sense and was put in a great way too thank you

#### kagome75

##### WWer
S: 92kg C: 61kg G: 55kg BMI: 24.4 Loss: 31kg(33.68%)
thank you!

#### BlackRose

##### Gold Member
S: 15st0lb C: 15st0lb G: 9st0lb BMI: 36 Loss: 0st0lb(0%)
Brilliant way to explain it! Though I'd dip ibnto my savings before ditching the kids, lol -but I certainly see your point! thanks.