In this 3rd, and penultimate, short article of the ‘how much exercise do you really need to lose weight?’ series, we ask :
How Much Exercise is needed to lose One Pound?
One pound of body fat doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s a start in any weight loss journey, and you need to burn about 3500 calories to lose one pound of weight.
The activities below give an indication of what would help a 150-lb person burn enough calories to lose 1lb.
- 5 hours of running (10-minute mile) or roughly 40 minutes per day
- 14 hours of walking (3.0 miles per hour) or 2 hours per day
- 5 hours of vigorous swimming or about 40 minutes per day
- 5 hours of biking (12-13 miles per hour) or just under an hour each day
- 7 hours of intense aerobics class or 7 one-hour classes per week
The above can only really be an indication because many factors contribute to how an individual loses weight. However, as you can see, it highlights that trying to lose 1lb of weight with exercise alone is difficult, and potentially time consuming. So, as I’ve mentioned many times before, it’s preferable to combine a sensible nutritional plan with exercise to reach your weight loss goals in a sustainable way.