Counting Calories?

It takes about 3500 calories to burn off a pound of fat.  If I eat 3000 calories a day and burn 3500 calories a day, I lose a pound a week.  So for me to loose weight I have to determine how many calories a day do I burn, then set my diet to 1000 – 1500 calories a day less than that number.  If I do that, I loose 2-3 pounds a week.  So, how many calories a day do I burn?

Do a quick google search and you will find a calorie calculator (Calorie Calculator) to help determine how many calories you burn while exercising.  I already know from my Bod Pod test that I burn 2200 calories a day while at rest.  According to the calorie calculator, I burn 2088 calories EACH WAY!  So on week days when I ride both ways, I burn about 6500 calories a day.  If I could keep my caloric intake down to about 3000 calories, I would loose a pound a day!  I really need to start counting my caloric intake – I gained weight last week.  How much am I taking in each day to rip through 6500 calories and still put weight on?

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