Cupcake asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 decade ago

I only burn 500 cals at the gym does that mean I have to eat less than 500 cals to lose weight?

I do one hour of cardio at the gym everyday because I was told that I shouldnt workout for more than an hour otherwise I'll start burning muscle which will slow my metabolism.

The thing is I'm only a beginner and I cant burn more than 500 calories/hour, does that mean I won't lose weight unless I eat less than 500 cals/day??

51 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best answer

    Your body burns calories every minute of the day by keeping you burns calories to keep your brain functioning, your organs working, your heart pumping, when you walk, when you stand up, etc...So depending on your height, weight, and activity level, your body is already burning calories. I'm just taking a guess, but I'm guessing your probably a teenage girl, so your body is probably burning about 1,500 calories a day. So you need to eat about 1,700 calories a day to maintain your current weight. If you're burning 500 calories extra each day by working out, then your body is negative 500 calories. It takes negative 3,500 calories to burn one pound, so you would lose a pound about every four days. You can double that by eating 1,200 cals a day and continuing to burn 500, and you will lose a pound every two days! Any less calories then that is dangerous. It will send your body into conservation mode and you will burn way less calories when you exercise and everything you do eat will be stored as fat, and you will also retain water like crazy! So eat 1,200 cals, burn 500 cals, and lose 4 pounds a week and 20 pounds in a month!!!!

    Source(s): Lots and lots of research!!!!
  • 1 decade ago

    You'll only burn muscle is you haven't fueled your body. The average person burns 1200 to 1500 calories per day. If you eat fewer than 1200 calories, you will most likely GAIN weight. Your body says," OMG, I'm working so hard and there's no fuel.... I better hold onto what's here really tight so I don't starve to death!!"

    Get at least 1200 calories a day. If you're burning 500 calories everyday at the gym and taking in 1200, you WILL lose weight. Make sure you drink lots of water. Being dehydrated makes you bloated and heavier. I reccomend eating a snack of at least 200-300 calories about half an hour before you work out to kick up your metabolism and fuel your muscles. Check out for articles on health and fitness.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Your body naturally burns 1,200-1,400 calories a day even if your just sitting or laying down. All your organs & everything burn calories but the more muscle you have the more calories are burned & the more active you are the more calories you burn. Just sleeping burns 60 calories an hour.

    So you need atleast 1,200 calories a day or your body will go into starvation mode. When it goes into starvation mode everything you eat will turn into fat thats why you need 1,200 calories or more a day.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You burn about 1200 calories a day if you just sit there and do no to little movement. Add how many calories you burn from exercise to that and that's what you should eat less than. Plus, if you walk a lot, etc, that's more calories burned.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    NO go to google and type in BMR!!! not bmi,, bmr... and do that and than thats how many calories you burn without doing anything and then add 500 calories to that and divid it by 7 and that will be how many pounds you burn in a week!!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no you need to find out how many calories you can do an online test and it will tell BMR test on google

    your mistaken with the 500 calorie defecite means subtract 500 calories from whatever your body needs to maintain its same weight

    for me my BMR is 3156 so for me to lose 1lb every week i would need to eat 2656 calories a day not negative 500 calories a day

  • Karin
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I've lost 5 kilos in my first week. It's my 10th day and I have included salad with some protein (eg. egg/ lean chicken) as you suggested. After 4 years of trying, the fat is finally coming off. It truly feels like magic!

    Get started today!

  • 3 years ago

    Eat fewer calories than you burn to lose weight

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The calories in and calories out equation is a big lie,there is no evidence for it,hormones,genetics and carbs are the big players in fat loss and gain.

  • 4 years ago

    keeping good posture will not only strengthen your core but will also add a small extra calorie burn because you re working slightly harder to maintain the position

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