It’s hard to miss all the weight loss supplements, diets and potions constantly bombarding us in the media. These products entice us with their claims to help us lose weight fast and effortlessly. However, they all depend on the same basic principle. The truth is there is no ‘magic bullet’ approach to weight loss. If you wanna know how to lose weight, it takes determination and commitment, but it can be done.
Weight loss comes down to the simple formula of taking in fewer calories than you expend. If you consume fewer calories than your body requires in order to carry out its necessary functions, you create a calorie deficit and this deficit translates into weight loss. The converse is true as well, if you consume more calories than your body requires to maintain itself, you gain weight. That’s how we became overweight in the first place.
Losing weight comes down to the simple conception of our bodies using stored fat for the necessary energy and fuel it needs to deal with the many functions that keep us alive. Everything we do requires energy (calories) this includes breathing, digesting food, pumping blood or even cell growth. When we consume fewer calories than our body needs to provide such functions, our body has no alternative but to get its fuel from another source; this is when our body begins to burn stored fat and we start to lose weight.
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Regulating calorie intake can affect both gaining body weight and losing body weight. Generally consuming more calories than the amount used by the organization’s current metabolic needs will result in body weight gain. Conversely, consuming fewer calories than the amount required by the body to fuel its current metabolic needs will result in weight loss. For someone interested in trying to either gain or lose weight it is very interesting to know how many calories are needed, on average, to fuel the body’s current metabolic needs. I will refer to this number as the ‘daily caloric need’. To determine the ‘daily caloric need’ it is essential to first ascertain what is known as the BMR or ‘basal metabolic rate’.
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The human body burns calories 24 hours a day, even during sleep. The basal metabolic rate, which can be estimated through the very simple formula you see below, is the amount of calories the resting body would burn if absolutely no activity were carried out in a 24 hour period.
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Now that the BMR is known, applying an activity multiplier to this number will lead to a fairly accurate estimate of the amount of calories needed by the metabolism to fuel typical activity level and basic metabolic processes. Here I am using the Harris Benedict Formula.
Another way to contribute to the creation of a calorie deficit and maximize our weight loss efforts is to incorporate exercise into our daily routine. Exercise requires energy (calories) and will also help raise metabolism, that rate at which our body burns calories. So, by raising metabolism, we can create a fat burning environment that continues to cooperate even when we are resting.