# Calories Burned, How many a day?

As of this writing, if you go to Google.com and type in “calories burned”, the HealthStatus.com calories burned calculator will appear as the number one, non-paid listing.   While we have a great list of over 120 different activities, it is not telling you  the whole story.   What I want to do today is walk you through the process of finding out how many calories you burn in a day.

Step 1, we are not even going to start at the calories burned calculator, let’s start at the Daily Energy Expenditure calculator (this will popup in a new window so you can follow along with the instructions, we will refer to this as the popup window).   This calculator will tell you how many calories each day are burned by your body just to keep your respiration, blood flow and the most basic body systems running.   Many health websites refer to this as a Basal Metabolic Rate calculator or BMR calculator, and uses a standard formula.   Health Trivia:  This calculator was originally developed so doctors would know how many a calories a day should be given to coma patients.   Write the result from your calculation down on a piece of paper.

Step 3.   Repeat this process for everyday in a week, add your daily totals together and divide by seven.   Now you have an idea of how many calories you burn each day.   If you are trying to lose weight, you want to eat fewer calories than you burn, if you are trying to gain a few pounds, then eat more calories.   As you lose or gain weight your calories burned will change, you may want to re-run your computation after every 5 pound weight change you experience (if you are less than 120lbs you may want to recalculate every 2 pounds gained or lost).

In general people tend to overestimate their activity and their intensity.   This process   and these calculators do not take into account issues such as overactive or underactive  thyroid or those with very fast metabolism or very slow metabolism.   These are estimates and a good place to get you started.   Your health providor can give you advice on losing or gaining weight and your ability to do the activities listed.

You can use our calculator to  determine your ideal weight.

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HealthStatus has been operating since 1998 providing the best interactive health tools on the Internet, millions of visitors have used our blood alcohol, body fat and calories burned calculators. The HealthStatus editorial team has continued that commitment to excellence by providing our visitors with easy to understand high quality health content for many years. Our team of health professionals, and researchers use peer reviewed studies as source elements in our articles. Our high quality content has been featured in a number of leading websites, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Live Strong, GQ, and many more.

Tami Walker
2. April 2010
Tami Walker
2. April 2010
Wow! Great information and thanks for making that calculator available and now explaining how to use it better and all of the other tools on your site.

Ben
26. January 2010
Ben
26. January 2010
Excellent article, I will be referring to this article many times over the time I'm attempting to lose weight :)

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HealthStatus has been operating since 1998 providing the best interactive health tools on the Internet, millions of visitors have used our blood alcohol, body fat and calories burned calculators. The HealthStatus editorial team has continued that commitment to excellence by providing our visitors with easy to understand high quality health content for many years. Our team of health professionals, and researchers use peer reviewed studies as source elements in our articles. Our high quality content has been featured in a number of leading websites, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Live Strong, GQ, and many more.