Understanding Weight Loss
by Ken Shorey

A pound of fat represents
approximately 3500 calories of stored
energy. In order to lose a pound of fat,
you have to
use 3500 more calories than you
consume. Although this seems like a
simple formula remember that your
body is a thinking
organism designed to protect itself.

If you were to try to reduce yourintake
by the entire 3500 calories in one day,
your body would register some type of
alarm and think that there is a state of
emergency.  Immediately your
metabolism would slow down and no
weight loss would be achieved.

It's better to spread your weight loss
out over a period of a week, so that you
aim to reduce your caloric intake by 3500
to 7000 calories per week, resulting in
weight loss of one to
two pounds per week. It's generally not
recommended to try to
lose more than two pounds in a week.
Attempting to do so may
cause health risks, and on top of this
you're unlikely to be successful.

In the example of attempting to lose
two pounds per week, you can use a
basic method of calorie counting to help
accomplish your goal. To do so, you
need to figure out how many
calories a person of your age, sex, and
weight usually needs in
a day, subtract 500 from that amount,
and follow a diet that provides you with
that many calories.

For example, if you would ordinarily
need 3000 calories in a day, you would
follow a 2500-calorie a day diet. Next,
out how much exercise a person of your
weight would need to do to burn 500
calories per day, and engage in an
exercise plan that will help you achieve
your goal.

The result is simple: 500 fewer calories
consumed  and 500 more calories
expended equals a 1000 calorie per day
deficit, which, over the course of a
week adds up to 7000 calories, or two
pounds. Although individual results may
vary, the bottom line is if your body is
consuming fewer calories than it's
expending, then weight will be lost.

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