Weight Loss 101 – Part 1

 

veggies-with-tapeIn another article -“Diet vs. Exercise”- I mentioned that 3500 calories=1 pound…now I would like to explain what exactly it takes to lose weight.  Aside from eating right and exercising, you have to find a balance between the two.

 

Basically, the idea is not to starve yourself or to eat nothing all day and then have a big meal for supper…or drink a protein shake for breakfast and lunch and then eat “real” food at suppertime.  What you should be doing is eating every 3 hours.  I know that seems like a lot but that’s what it takes to increase your metabolism.  You need to feed your body in order for it to burn fat and keep your blood sugar levels up.  If you don’t feed your body PROPERLY (I’ll get into that later), you’ll burn muscle and that’s not good because muscle burns fat.  Are you confused yet?  

 

If you go to my home page, there’s a page that’s called BMI and Calorie Calculator, open that page and go to the website on that page.  In that website you’ll be able to figure out your daily caloric intake…i.e. how many calories you need to maintain your current body weight.  They also tell you how many you need to lose weight.  Basically, to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than your daily caloric needs.  Just be careful not to eat too little.   You also need to work out to build your muscle.  It will take you some time to figure out a good balance but don’t worry; you’ll get there.

 

A very important rule for losing weight is to keep a food journal.  You’ll be surprised when you write it all down…TRUST ME!  A good way to keep track is to go to www.fitday.com.  It’s a free online journal…it breaks all the food down for you…calories, carbs, fat, etc… It keeps a record of your weight loss and even gives you the option of adding your own foods.  I love it and I think you will too… Make sure to send your comments and let me know what you think.


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