How Many Calories Are in 1 Pound?


About 3,500 calories add up to 1 pound.

So for every pound you want to lose, you need to burn off 3,500 calories or reduce your caloric intake so that over time the pounds goes away.

Likewise, if you eat 350 extra calories per day for 10 days, you will gain a pound. Or if you eat 175 extra calories for 20 days, you will gain a pound.

Sounds easier to gain than to lose, doesn’t it.

But it works both ways. Eat 175 calories less per day or exercise to burn off 175 calories per day and you will lost 1 pound in 20 days.

Small changes can yield results over time. Do you drink a soda every day with lunch? Skipping a 12 ounce can of cola will save you 155 calories.

Visit The Calorie Counter to look up how many calories are in the foods you eat.


6 responses to “How Many Calories Are in 1 Pound?

  1. One of the many reasons why I love being a vegetarian!!!

  2. Laura Stamps has it right! Veggies and fruits are less caloric than anything else.
    I don’t drink sodas, but only water, that’s how I save calories. Besides, it’s better for your skin.

  3. Unlike the trick question “what is heavier – a pound of cotton or a pound of lead?”, the answer to this question depends on one-pound of “what”.

    In weight loss advice, losing weight is equated with losing fat. One gm of fat is 9 calories. So losing 1 pound (approx 450g) of fat will require a caloric deficit of 4050 calories. A deficit can be built up by reducing intake (food) or increasing expenditure (exercise).

    However if it were that simple, everyone aspiring to lose weight would be a skinny-minnie! It is more complicated than the simplistic framing you see in diet articles. I write an obesity blog which came out of my continued interest in the subject after all the necessary data for my PhD was collected. And out of my aim to promote a fuller understanding of obesity.

    The blog is on:


  4. What’s scary, though is that running or walking only burns around 100 calories.

    That means one pound is worth 35 miles, which is 9 miles more than a marathon, (or approximately six hours of running for me).

    The alternative to all that effort is one glass of fruit juice every day for a month, or a chocolate bar a day for a week.

    Little changes, made often. That’s got to be the way.

  5. Wow!

    “Food for thought”!!!

  6. hey..theres nothing more worst than being expose to the sun… can cause skin damage as we all know,,however, eating sweets can also cause skin guys limit ur sweets intake..hehe