Calorie Deficit Calculator

This Calorie Deficit Calculator will give you an in-depth insight to what calorie deficit you need to create and maintain in order to reach a specific weight loss target. Unlike the calcount Calorie Calculator, our calorie deficit calculator is very detailed and includes downloadable content, so its best used on a large screen. Enter your body details, a target weight, planned activity level and the date you would like to achieve your weight loss goal. Let calcount Calorie Deficit Calculator produce your projected progress chart and downloadable data sheet for different calorie deficit scenarios!

Calorie Deficit Calculator for Weight Loss

A key purpose of this calculator is to discover your required calorie deficit for weight loss. In other words, the number of calories your body needs per day in order to lose weight. If you are currently maintaining, or gaining weight, the calculated calorie level will be less than what you usually eat. In that case, the difference between our calculator’s calories and your usual calorie intake is known as your calculated calorie deficit.

What is a Calorie Deficit?

A calorie deficit happens when you use more calories than you eat. When in a calorie deficit, more energy is burned by activity than is added by eating food. In other words, more goes out than comes in. You can make a calorie deficit mainly because of the extra fat stored in the body. When there is a shortage of calories from food, fat is burned to compensate for the deficit. A calorie deficit of 500 calories per day will cause weight loss of about half a kilogram of fat per week. Simple!


Weight Loss Simulation

The advanced mode of calcount’s Calorie Deficit Calculator includes a personalised simulation of your projected weight loss, given the calorie deficit scenario. You can download the simulation to plan your weight loss journey, then plug your target weight into calcount Calorie Tracker. Use the reports in Calorie Tracker to compare your actual progress to the simulated model, and make adjustments accordingly.

How to Use the Calorie Deficit Calculator

Simply enter your details and follow the prompts to provide the necessary inputs. It is best to play around with a few different entries to get a feel for how best to use this Calorie Deficit Calculator. Using weight loss tables and charts is a great strategy when you want to control your weight, and making your own can be inspirational. What’s a weight loss table? It is a set of diet results (planned and/or actual), showing fat melting off over time, displayed in tabular form.

The Purpose of a Weight Loss Table

The simplest weight loss tables contain a series of two things 1) the date, and 2) your weight on that date. A projected, or simulated, weight loss table lets you plan your weight loss progress, then compare your actual results. For example, if your plan is to lose 4 kilograms in 12 weeks, you write down a series of decreasing weights between now and 12 weeks from now. The final weight is your target weight (Xkg-4kg).

Weight Loss Tables don't go in straight lines

Not a Straight Line

If you were to plot your weight loss over the course of a few weeks, you will soon realise that your body is not a predictable machine. Weight is not lost like clockwork, even with the strictest calorie-controlled meal system. There are ups and downs, spurts and stops, and periods of seemingly no progress at all. A good weight loss table (and chart) will get the trend right, so that you can judge whether or not you are on the right track.

Things to Include

At the most basic level, the weight loss table contains a series of just two data points: weight and date. However, it is possible and more useful to include more detail. The weight table in our Calorie Deficit Calculator includes things like body fat percentage, BMI, and Calorie Intake and Expenditure. We also include an upper and lower weight number for each date (in addition to the planned number), so that you can assess how well you’re doing compared to plan.

How to Make a Weight Loss Table and Calculate your Calorie Deficit

You could make your own weight table on a piece of paper or a computer spreadsheet, or you could just use our tools. Here’s an example you can follow to make your own weight loss table with the calcount Calorie Deficit Calculator:

Start with Current Weight

In our example, a 45 year old man who weighs 95kg inputs his details. He aims to lose 5kg in six months, then maintain his new weight of 90kg for at least another 6 months.

Decide a Target Weight and Date

Our man enters his target weight (90kg) and the date by which he wants to reach it.

Think about Lifestyle Changes

Besides eating less, our subject decides that he does not want to exercise any more or less than his present lifestyle permits. Had he chosen to work out more, it is possible that he could put the odds of success further in his favour.

Calculate your Calorie Deficit

The next step produces three daily calorie numbers for maintaining present weight, reaching the target weight, and maintaining the new (target) weight.

The Weight Table Display

Our man now reviews the start and end points of the data series in his table. There are Initial (current) and Final (target) values for weight, body fat, and BMI.

Weight Loss Charts

The Weight Loss Table produces a set of charts, which visually depict the table data. In a single glance, the man can get an insight to what his weight loss journey will be like. The solid line is bordered by a shaded area of possibilities.

Calories IN/OUT Balance

A useful chart from the table is called “Intake & Expenditure”. It shows how intake calories are cut to below the expenditure calories for the calorie deficit period before rebounding to the new maintenance level.

Weight Loss Table Progress

The actual weight table can be downloaded onto your device, edited and printed as you like. It is a basic spreadsheet in its simplest form. In our example, the man compares his weight table and charts to the reports he gets from the calcount Calorie Tracker.

Weight Loss Table Maintenance

Having achieved his desired weight, our man projects his weight table forward another 6 months. Over time, he may even feel motivated to drop another 5kg. He now knows how to do it!

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This calorie deficit calculator is good for planning, but for the everyday challenge of calorie counting, you’re going to need one of our free calcount Calorie Tracker accounts!