How many calories does it take to put on one pound of fat?
You need to eat 3500 calories more than your daily needs, what is known as your metabolic rate, to gain one pound of fat.
So let’s take the average metabolic rate for a female which is around 1500 cals per day.
Meaning that if you eat more than 1500 calories in a given day that you will gain weight or if you eat less than 1500 calories you will lose weight.
So let’s say you consumed an extra 500 calories per pay in excess of your metabolic rate for 7 consecutive days then that would be a total of 3500 calories in a week which would mean you would gain one pound of fat.
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