How accurate is the weight goal tracker in cronometer?

When I tell it I want to loose 0.5lbs per week. And it adds in the calorie deficit to my cronometer. How accurate will this be for my weight loss. Is it different for everyone or is it somewhat accurate? I'm wanting to loose weight over a period of 2 to 3 years. I don't want to loose it fast to avoid the chance of excessive skin or stretch marks. I'm about 50-70lbs overweight.


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    Hi Johnsongomes,

    Cronometer calculates your weight loss based on the assumption that 1 lb of fat contains about 3500 kcal. To lose half a pound per week this would be equal to 1750 kcal / 7 days or about 250 kcal deficit per day.

    You are right though, weight loss is different for everyone and does not progress is a linear manner expected by the equation. Susan has a great article about why our weight loss can plateau - check it out here: https://cronometer.com/blog/why-is-my-weight-plateauing/


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    i'd just want to chime in with the advice, to track what you eat religiously, weigh yourself, and back track the equation to figure out how many calories YOUR burning...

    couple months is all it takes. by my math i burn over 2800, the calc says i should be burning 2500. could be more muscle or a measurement error...but consistency is key.

    and the anti-calorie counters will point out, a pound of fat could be 3400 cals, or 3600..lol so 100/7 is 14 cals a day on the avg...i doubt my gram scale is even accurate enough for that....

    I am an amateur. I've been using CRON-O-Meter for 10 years and counting, still learning.....

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