Calories to Pounds & Ounces Conversion

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1 kcal = 0.000286 lb
1 kcal = 0 lb 0.004576 oz
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How to Convert Calories to Pounds

Scales are used to measure weight

To convert a calorie measurement to a pound measurement, divide the weight by the conversion ratio.

Since one pound is equal to 3,500 calories, you can use this simple formula to convert:

pounds = calories ÷ 3,500

The weight in pounds is equal to the calories divided by 3,500.

For example, here's how to convert 5,000 calories to pounds using the formula above.
5,000 kcal = (5,000 ÷ 3,500) = 1.428571 lb

Calories are a unit of energy, and pounds are a unit of weight. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Calories

Converting calories is actually a conversion of energy burned by the body performing work rather than actual weight. When measuring the energy content in foods, the large calorie, or kilocalorie, is used, but it's often still just called a "calorie."

One calorie (large calorie) is equal to the heat needed to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by 1 degree Celsius.[1] You'll need to burn 3,500 calories more than you eat to lose one pound of weight.[2]

Calories can be abbreviated as kcal; for example, 1 calorie can be written as 1 kcal.

Pounds

One pound is defined as a unit of mass/weight equal to 16 ounces, or 0.45359237 kilograms. One pound is equal to 7,000 grains in the avoirdupois or apothecaries' systems.[3]

The pound is a US customary and imperial unit of weight. A pound is sometimes also referred to as a common ounce. Pounds can be abbreviated as lb, and are also sometimes abbreviated as lbs, lbm, or #. For example, 1 pound can be written as 1 lb, 1 lbs, 1 lbm, or 1 #.

Calorie to Pound Conversion Table

Calorie measurements converted to pounds
Calories Pounds
1 kcal 0.000286 lb
2 kcal 0.000571 lb
3 kcal 0.000857 lb
4 kcal 0.001143 lb
5 kcal 0.001429 lb
6 kcal 0.001714 lb
7 kcal 0.002 lb
8 kcal 0.002286 lb
9 kcal 0.002571 lb
10 kcal 0.002857 lb
20 kcal 0.005714 lb
30 kcal 0.008571 lb
40 kcal 0.011429 lb
50 kcal 0.014286 lb
60 kcal 0.017143 lb
70 kcal 0.02 lb
80 kcal 0.022857 lb
90 kcal 0.025714 lb
100 kcal 0.028571 lb
200 kcal 0.057143 lb
300 kcal 0.085714 lb
400 kcal 0.114286 lb
500 kcal 0.142857 lb
600 kcal 0.171429 lb
700 kcal 0.2 lb
800 kcal 0.228571 lb
900 kcal 0.257143 lb
1,000 kcal 0.285714 lb
2,000 kcal 0.571429 lb
3,000 kcal 0.857143 lb
4,000 kcal 1.1429 lb
5,000 kcal 1.4286 lb
6,000 kcal 1.7143 lb
7,000 kcal 2 lb
8,000 kcal 2.2857 lb
9,000 kcal 2.5714 lb
10,000 kcal 2.8571 lb

References

  1. Brazier, Yvette, How many calories do you need?, Medical News Today, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263028
  2. U.S. Department of Agriculture, I want to lose a pound of weight. How many calories do I need to burn?, https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/i-want-lose-pound-weight-how-many-calories-do-i-need-burn
  3. Encyclopædia Britannica, Avoirdupois weight, https://www.britannica.com/science/avoirdupois-weight