3500 Calories To Lose A Pound – Is This Formula All Wrong?

This is a guest post by Tom Venuto, NSCA-CPT, CSCS


tom_venuto_10Most fitness conscious people have heard that there are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, so if you create a deficit of 3500 calories in a week, you lose a pound of weight. If you create a deficit of 7000 calories in a week, you lose two pounds, and so on. Right? Well, not so fast…

Dr. Kevin Hall, an investigator at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda has done some interesting research about the mechanisms regulating human body weight. He recently published a new paper in the International Journal of Obesity that throws a wrench in works of the “3500 calories to lose a pound” idea.



Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle

tom_venuto_10It seems ever since I have been scouring the internet for nutritional advice, Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle, has been there. In fact, when it was released in 2003 it was one of the first diet and nutrition e-books ever published. Now there is such a plethora of e-books, supplements and weight loss programs online that it is easy to get lost in all the information on offer.

A lot of them promise all-to-easy solutions. Just "take the pill" or the take the "all-to-easy" advice and your body fat problems will just melt away. Clever copywriting pulls on your emotional heartstrings and you buy a product that nine times out of ten will not work.