How many calories do I
Your body requires a minimum number of calories to maintain its
basic functions. This is called your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). It is
influenced by many factors, including age, gender, and climate. Daily exercise
adds to that requirement.
How can I lose one pound of fat per
A pound is approximately 3,500 calories, so you need to subtract
3,500 calories from your diet, or burn 3,500 calories through additional
exercise. Most people use a combination of both.
Once I calculate
my caloric needs, what should I do with this information?
This is just
step one. Now you should choose a diet and exercise program and a target
weight. Once you've done this, consider the diet that would be right for you or
refer to the Million Dollar Body meal plans, which can help you choose the best
You probably often hear references to eating a balanced diet,
but this can be misleading. While the idea is correct, balanced varies for each
individual. Here are a few basic guidelines:
Calories come from
proteins, fats, carbohydrates and, sometimes, alcohol. We need all of the first
three to survive and, in general, a bit more carbohydrates than fats and
proteins. Your diet should be a reflection of our activity level and body
composition. The more exercise you do, the more carbohydrates you need, which
changes the daily percentage of your food intake. In a basic sense, proteins
and fats should remain fairly constant, while your carbohydrate intake should
fluctuate based on the amount of exercise you do in a given day.
"Low-carb" diets are for obese individuals. They are not balanced because they
don't follow the above guidelines, but they can be effective for short-term
weight loss. They are often a good first step in bringing ones body into
One pound of body fat equals approximately 3,500 calories. To
lose one pound of fat per week, you need to consume no more than the following
calories per day.
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