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How Many Calories Do You Burn in a Day?

Weighed in this morning at 152 pounds, no change from yesterday.

Yesterday, I stuck to the diet plan, though I'm guessing the two cans of V8 Juice and two bottles of water, along with the four tomatoes, perhaps added enough water to my system that it negated any weight loss. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Morning: 1 cup, 4oz, Dannon Activia Yogurt (110 calories)
Morning: 1 Thomas' English Muffin, multi-grain (100 calories)
Afternoon: 24 almonds, 1oz, (160 calories)
Afternoon: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)
Mid-Afternoon: 7 small celery sticks with hot sauce (10 calories)
Mid-Afternoon: 1 bottle of water (0 calories)
Early-Evening: 2 medium sized tomatoes (70 calories)
Early-Evening: 1 can of V8 Juice (70 calories)
Mid-Evening: 2 medium sized tomatoes (70 calories)
Late Evening: 1 bottle of water (0 calories)

Total Calories: 660

For my exercise yesterday, I only did some gardening for about 45 minutes, which I estimate a burn of about 200 calories.

How many calories does a typical person burn in a day?

I'm figuring about 2,000 calories for myself, a man in my 40s, at a height of 5'8", and weighing 150 pounds. That's if I did no exercise, except for some housework, but otherwise spent an entire 24 hour period in a sedentary state.

That information was based on a calculator I used at It actually computed total calories burned at 2,046, but I rounded it down to 2,000 for conservative reasons. Here's what I came up with...

Sitting/resting, 720 minutes - 864 calories
Sleeping, 480 minutes - 504
Brush teeth, 3 minutes - 8
Reading, 17 minutes - 20
Sex, foreplay, 15 minutes - 24
Sex, intercourse, 15 minutes - 72
Talking on phone, 30 minutes - 36
Standing, 30 minutes - 40
Cooking, 15 minutes - 45
Driving, 30 minutes - 72
Showering, 15 minutes - 72
Walking, up stairs, 10 minutes - 91
Housework, 60 minutes - 198

Total Minutes - 1,440 (24 hours)
Total Calories Burned 2,046

Notice the "Housework, 60 minutes". That's effectively exercise, but it could be mean taking out the trash, doing dishes, doing laundry, vaccum the floor.

For comparison purposes, I also used a calculator at, which showed that a sedentary man of the same description, who did no exercise, burned about 2,300 calories per day.

The heavier the person, the more calories burned.

If you exercise, your metabolism increases, but it also remains at an increased rate well after you've stopped exercising. Hence, you're burning more calories during a rest period, than if you hadn't exercised at all.

I'm trying to exercise everyday, either walking/jogging, weight lifting, or doing housework and chores.

So like today, I did some yard work for 45 minutes, which I computed a burn of 200 calories. But in the one hour of rest afterwards, I probably burned another 200 calories, instead of the typical 70 calories I would have burned resting without exercise.

Which means exercise not only burns calories directly, but also metabolically in the resting afterwards.


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