INFOGRAPHIC: HOW MUCH IS A POUND OF FAT? 3500 kcal. If your goals for the new year look anything like the rest of Americas, then theres a good chance you want to lose a few pounds. What will it take to lose the weight? The numbers might surprise you. To lose just 1 pound of fat, you have to burn about 3,500 calories.
I know that when I look down at my heart rate monitor during a workout and see how many calories I've burned I always wonder how many pounds that equals. Have 1 worked off a pound yet? Two? None? Here is a chart to help us out!
One pound of fat is equal to about 3500 calories. That means that if you eat an extra 350 calories of food a day, which is about equal to a large piece of cake or a medium milk shake, you would gain an extra pound every 10 days (350x10). Keep your diet the same, but burn an extra 350 calories a day by exercising more, then you could lose a pound in about 10 days.