I remember getting annoyed when the calorie meter on the treadmill read “200”. Could it not just tell me how close I was to losing a pound of body weight? You probably face the same problem. What does “losing 200 calories” even mean? It is frustrating to work out and not being able to interpret the amount of calories lost. Let’s start thinking: How many calories do you need to lose in order to shed one pound of body fat? The answer is 3500 calories. It is overwhelming but yes, to lose one pound of your body fat, you need to burn 3500 calories. Let’s do some calculations to be clearer on the subject. One gram of fat has nine calories in it. This implies that a pound of body fat, which equals 454 grams, contains 454 x 9 = 4086 calories. Why is not this value 3500, the aforementioned value? The reason for this disparity is that the pound of body fat is not merely fat but consists of water, connective tissue and traces of protein.
So, are you ready to burn more than 3500 calories this month? Seems a huge number but if you examine the amount mathematically, you would see that you need to burn 500 calories per day and lose a pound in a week. But in practice in does not work that way as we take in more and more calories every day, sometimes the intake is ridiculously huge. The number of calories burnt never adds up to the weight lost over a certain period of time. This is because we ignore the caloric intake throughout that time. Most people take more than a hundred calories per day. This implies that over a year one gains more than ten pounds as hundred calories per day would add up to 36500 over a year, which means 36500/3500=10.43. There are several ways to lose body fat. Make sure you set realistic goals for yourself. You can lose the extra pounds and stay healthy and attractive without starving yourself or obsessing over your body weight. Trust me, one can be too thin. Develop a healthy approach towards weight loss and go gradually. You can cut down our calorie intake and simultaneously, you can burn our calories through physical work out. Burn calories maturely; do not get your life revolving around your physical appearance or weight loss programs. You are better than that!