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The Equation of Weight Loss

Weight loss can be a daunting task when you're trying to count calories and trans fat intake. Here are a few facts that you might not have known. A pound of body fat is equal to roughly 3,500 calories. Considering you only lose weight when you have a deficit of calories at the end of the day, you need to consume less and burn more through exercise and activity. Obviously, your body still needs calories to be functional. People require roughly 1,500 calories during the day, or more depending on activity level.

In simple terms, if someone consumes 3,000 calories in a day and sits at the computer for 8 hours at work, then goes home and sets in front of the TV until they go to bed, they're not burning any calories other than what's required by their body to function (1,500 calories, approximately). Then again, if that person goes for a run during their lunch break, goes home and then works out for 90 minutes at their gym, they're going to burn the remaining 1,500 calories that they consumed and keep at a steady weight. So what what happens if that person with the active schedule only consumes 2,000 calories in a day? They'll have a deficit of 1,000 calories by the time they go to sleep. After three and a half days (or 3,500 calories) with the same schedule, they'll lose a pound of body fat. Pretty simple? This is why trainers say that diet is 75% of the weight loss equation. It's much easier and less time consuming to monitor your weight loss through your diet than it is through your level of activity.

You can regulate your calories with some knowledge and willpower, but sometimes it's difficult to find 2-3 hours in a day for exercise. Of course, the best way to lose weight is with a combination of physical activity and a healthy, low calorie and low fat diet. Yes it takes time, energy and willpower, but do not you want to feel accomplished at the end of the day?

Source by David S Kaplan

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