I've been reading that it takes a deficit of 3,500 to lose a pound. If I'm on a 1,200 per day diet, will I still lose weight without exercising or will I have to burn 3,500 calories is cardio to lose weight?


  • FredDoyle
    FredDoyle Posts: 2,273 Member
    That depends. How many calories per day does your body need to sustain your lifestyle? That's your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). It's probably higher than 1200 kcals/day but we can't tell unless you divulge your height, weight, activity level and any medical conditions.
    If you eat less than your TDEE, you will lose weight.