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How Are Weight Loss and Calories Related?

I've heard that weight loss is simply a matter of taking in fewer calories than you burn. How many calories does the average, healthy person take in each day? How do calories relate to weight loss?
 

 
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Yes, weight loss is a matter of consuming fewer calories than you burn. If you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. If you burn and consume the same number of calories, you will maintain your weight. Burning fewer calories than we consume is what causes weight gain.
 
There is no magic number as far as daily caloric intake goes. The number of calories that the average, healthy person consumes is dependent upon their individual metabolism and activity level. The number of calories you take in each day should depend on how many calories you burn and whether you are trying to lose, maintain, or gain weight.
 
Talk to your healthcare provider about your current caloric intake and what is ideal for your situation. He or she may be able to help you determine the number of daily calories that is ideal for you or can refer you to a dietician or nutritionist for help.
 
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