Can You Lose Weight by Playing Basketball?

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Losing weight makes you feel better, gives you confidence in social situations and makes you healthier. But the process of losing weight can be a challenge. The goal is to find an activity that you enjoy and helps you to lose weight. Basketball can do this for you, but it's only part of the equation.

Calorie Deficiency

  • Losing weight is merely about calories eaten versus calories burned. Over any given time, if you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. But if you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight. A pound of body fat is worth 3,500 calories. Burn 3,500 calories more than you eat in a week and you'll lose a pound. Burn 7,000 calories more and you'll lose two pounds. Basketball burns calories to help you achieve the calorie deficit needed to shed pounds. The calories you burn playing 30 minutes of basketball can vary from 160 to 765 depending on your weight and how hard you play. Play hard, eat right, count your calories and you're sure to slim down.

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