You turn on the TV and you see a commercial about a new amazing diet that promises to help you lose up to 20 pounds in one month You see similar ads in magazines, facebook, at the market, and even on youtube. These ads exists virtually everywhere. But how are there so many different companies These ads exists virtually everywhere. But how are there so many different companies It’s very simple. With all the talk about what type of food to eat, how many servings per day, and even added supplements, none of these matter more than the management of the magical number of CALORIES! But what is it about calories that we need to know to understand how these diets work? for one, calories can be used as a direct measurement of how much food we take in in and how much weight we gain or lose. Every 3500 calories is equal to 1 pound of bodyweight. Scientifically, calories are used as a measurement of energy or heat. It takes 1 calorie of energy in order to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by 1 degrees Celsius. When people say that they are “burning calories” from exercise, essentially the body is releasing heat created by the energy from calories. In order to generate weight loss results, dieting companies need to put their clients into a caloric deficit. The amount of calories the client eats on a daily basis needs to be less than the amount of calories the client burns on a daily basis. On average, an adult male burns about 2500 calories per day. An adult female burns 1800 calories a day. Any diet that restricts the amount of calories under these averages will typically see weight loss results. This allows for diet fads to offer up any type of food to be consumed, including fatty desserts and processed food, as long as the client remains at their deficit. But why follow someone else’s diet when you can create your own by simply finding out how many calories you consume daily? One simple way of calculating the amount of calories is by running an experiment on yourself. For 1 week, record the amount of calories you eat each day each day and weigh yourself at the
beginning of the week and at the end. If you gained weight you know you’re
eating a surplus, meaning you’re taking in more calories than you burn. If you lose weight, you know you’re eating at a deficit,
meaning you’re taking in fewer calories than you burn. If your weight didn’t change at all, you are at an energy balance, meaning you ate as much as calories as you burned. Take this for example: Sam was 150 pounds at the beginning of
the week. He ate, on averaged 2000, calories each
day At the end of the week, Sam weighed only 149 pounds. We know that 3500 calories is equal to 1
pound, meaning that Sam burned 3500 calories more than he consumed. Divide that by 7 days and that equals to 500 daily caloric deficit! Try the experiment yourself! Make sure to record each and every food or drink you consume consume that has calories. At the end of the week, you’ll be able to fine-tune your diet and meet your weight goals! Just as a precaution, the recommended amount of weight change, gain or lose, should not exceed 2 pounds per week unless cleared by a physician. With this information, does it mean you should eat nothing but junk food until you reach your calorie limit? Probably not! There are other factors to look into, such as macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals, but the largest underlying factor is calories. Give the experiment a shot! Were you able to figure out your daily calorie expenditure? if you enjoyed watching please click the
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