The Math of Losing Weight

The Math of Losing Weight

There are literally thousands of diets to choose from. The complexity of the diet world is enough to make your head spin. What the advocates of these individual diets don't want you to know is that most of them are based on the exact same principles. Don't listen to anyone who wants to take your money in exchange for "expert" diet advice. With a little math and determination, you can take control of the weight loss process.

The simplest way to identify the number of calories needed for weight loss is to first determine the number of calories needed to maintain your current weight. Multiplying your weight by 11 and 15 provides a range of calories needed for weight maintenance - more if you tend to be active and less if you tend to be sedentary. Reducing the number of calories needed to sustain your current weight will help you slim down, as will exercising, to burn additional calories consumed.

Identifying the amount of weight you can lose through exercise, cutting calories, or both begins with the number of calories in one pound of fat, 3,500. Losing one pound of fat per week requires a reduction of 500 calories per day. This can be achieved by eating less and/or exercising more.

Reducing your consumption can help in the short term, but exercise will produce lean muscle mass, a higher metabolism, and more sustainable weight loss. Additionally, reducing calories consumed to 1,100 or less will result in a lower metabolism. The key is identifying the maximum number of calories you need to feel satisfied while increasing your physical activity.

As you begin your weight loss journey, keep in mind that this is a process and not an event. Losing weight takes patience and determination. With a little math and motivation, you'll fit into your new holiday clothes in no time.

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