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This is a question I get asked a lot as someone who has lost 40 pounds in 50 days – “How many calories should I eat to lose weight?” The answer to this question is relatively simple and can be answered with a variety of daily needs calculators found all over the internet. The Self calculator is one of my favorites, but there is also the MyPyramid.gov way to go about it as well.

How Many Calories Should I Eat to Lose Weight?

The simple and obvious answer is that you should take in less than you burn each day. (The calculators can help you figure this out). For my personal diet, I keep my daily intake below 1500 calories, but it is definitely different for every person. This is why using the calculators is so important. Don’t just try one, give a couple of them a try so that you can see if there are any differences. The JillianMichaels.com plan has a good personalized plan that you could try. Another thing that is important when considering your daily caloric intake is how much exercise or activity you are doing each day. You have to feed your body the right vitamins and minerals in order for it to operate properly.

Sometimes, people might try a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) to jump start their weight loss but it is not recommended for long term or for someone who only has a few pounds to lose. VLCDs are diets that are 800 calories or below per day. These types of diets used to have to be done with medical supervision but now they are available to just about anyone at an affordable price. The concern with VLCDs is that you will regain the weight back once you begin eating normally. Yes, this will happen if you revert to your old ways, but if you go through some behavior change while you are losing weight, you can work to keep this from happening.

Another way to jump start weight loss is through cleansing which is also very low calorie but meant to be done for short term, though some cleansing can last for months by experienced cleansers. I cleanse from time to time for a couple of days just to get myself back on track or whenever I need a boost. I like the Lemonade Diet Cleanse for this purpose.

Also remember it is not just about calories. You want to make sure you are giving your body what it needs. Do your research and know YOUR body. “How many calories should I eat to lose weight?” is ultimately a question that you and your doctor should discuss in order for you to determine which plan will work best for YOU.