The RULE: Calories in/Calories Out.
Let me explain the first half of the rule – Calories in.
*To be precise, Calories actually means kilocalories. But we will use the term Calories to refer to it instead.
Firstly, let me state that almost every food and drink we consume has calories (Water has 0 zero calories!). Calories are simply energy. Thus, the food and drink we consume have energy. This is something crucial to understand.
When food is consumed, it converts to energy in the body. This energy has to be stored or used by the body. It cannot just disappear. This is a law of physics.
If the energy is not used by the body, it has to be stored. How does the body store it? It stores most of it as fat!
Therefore, Calories in simply means the total amount of energy we consume through food and drink throughout the day.
You can find out the calories of most foods by reading their label or googling.
Now, for the second half of the rule – Calories Out.
Calories Out? This means the total amount of energy our body uses to survive and do our everyday activities. You see, by simply existing and breathing, we are using and burning calories.
Our body needs energy to breath and exist. If we were to exercise, this would require even more calories. If we use more calories through exercise, there will be less energy in the body to store as fat.
How can we make use of this?
If we use more energy than we consume, our body has to find a way to give us that energy. Now how does the body do this? The simple answer – it burns mostly fat to give us that energy.
Fats in the body is just reserve energy stored in the body from previous times when we had an energy surplus.
The tricky thing is we do not know the total amount of calories in and calories out a day for our body. We can only estimate.
Nevertheless, estimating can be very effective. We do not need to be 100% correct in our calorie counting but we can apply the principles of it to lose weight.
It is generally safe to lose between 0.5% to 1% of body weight a week for the average person. Next, we have to understand that a pound of fat is 3500 calories.
Thus, by estimating a person’s activity level, weight, height, gender, age, etc., and by tracking and estimating a person’s caloric intake, one would be able to have a very effective weight loss program that aims to lose 0.5% to 1% of body weight a week.
And that’s it! The number one rule to Fat Loss!
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