What's the best way to tell whether you're consuming less calories than your body burns? Read on to know all about it.
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A calorie deficit is the difference between the calories you need to maintain your weight and the calories you need to lose weight. You may generate a calorie deficit by consuming fewer calories, burning more calories (via activity), or doing both. For example, if you require 2000 calories to maintain your weight, you must generate a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. You'd have to eat less than 2000 calories per day and/or exercise to burn the extra calories.
When you establish a calorie deficit, your body will look for extra energy in your fat reserves. You lose weight when your fat stores are burned up. To lose weight, you must consume less calories each day than your body burns. It appears to be straightforward. It's not that simple to really execute it.
How severe should your "calorie deficit" be? What's the best way to tell whether you're consuming less calories than your body burns? What's more, how do you know you're on the correct track? These are the questions you must answer in order to achieve your weight-loss objectives. So, let's respond to them.
The simplest method to ensure that you consume less calories than you burn is to eat very little. You can be quite confident you're sustaining a calorie deficit if you eat an apple for breakfast, a tiny salad for lunch, and a slice of bread for dinner and nothing else.
However, hunger and a lack of energy will make you miserable. The ideal calorie deficit is one that is high enough to promote consistent fat loss but not so great that you are constantly hungry and tired.
For athletes who need to keep their muscles well-fueled for exercise, avoiding a calorie deficit that is too severe is even more crucial. For athletes, the "sweet spot" for calorie deficit is 300 to 500 calories per day.
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Make the calculations
The ultimate aim is to find out exactly how many calories to consume each day in order to lose weight without feeling hungry or undermining your workout.
Calculate how many calories you expend each day and subtract 300 to 500 calories from that amount to get your goal deficit. Your total daily calories burnt are made up of two parts: calories burned at rest and calories burned during exercises. To get the average amount of hours you workout each day, multiply the total number of hours you train in a typical week by seven.
If you workout seven hours a week on average, it equates to one hour every day. Multiply this figure by your body weight in pounds and the average amount of calories you burn per pound of body weight per hour of exercise. Your speed has an impact on the quantity of calories you burn each hour of exercise.
4 calories per pound of body weight per hour at a slower pace (run 11:00/mile).
Average per pound of body weight per hour (9:30/mile): 5 calories
Faster (7:00 miles per hour): 6 calories per pound of body weight per hour
The average amount of calories you burn each day through activity is the outcome of this computation. Let's say you run one hour each day on average, weigh 150 pounds, and go at a slower pace. In this case, 1 hour x 150 pounds x 4 calories per hour is an average of 600 calories burned each day through exercise. The next step is to figure out how many calories you burnt during the day at rest (i.e. not during exercises).
To do so, go to the caloric requirements calculator and fill in the required information. Enter "Sedentary" in the "Activity Level" section if you are largely sedentary outside of your exercises (as most of us are), or "Lightly Active" if you have a physically demanding job. Select "Active" instead, as this choice is for accounting for your workouts, which you've previously done independently for more accuracy. The outcome is an estimate of how many calories you burn outside of activity in a 24-hour period.
However, because you spent part of those 24 hours working out, that portion of the estimate must be removed. To do so, divide your estimated number of calories expended at rest by 24, then increase the result by the number of hours per day you don't work out. For example, let's say your daily calorie use outside of activity is 2,000 calories.
There are 23 hours in a day when you are not working out if you work out one hour a day on average. In this scenario, your daily calories burnt at rest are [2,000 calories per day / 24 hours per day] x 23 hours per day when you do not exercise = 1,916 calories per day. Add up your average daily activity calories burnt and your calories burned at rest to get your total daily calorie burn.
So, if you burn 1,916 calories per day at rest and 600 calories per day when exercising, your body burns a total of 2,516 calories per day on average. This figure also indicates the total amount of calories you'd have to eat each day to maintain your current weight. The total amount of calories you should strive to consume is equal to the number of calories you'd need to eat each day to maintain your present weight minus the calorie deficit you've set.
Remember that your calorie deficit should be between 300 and 500 calories. Let's say you choose 400. During your weight-loss program, you should aim to consume 2,116 calories per day (2,516 total calories burnt per day 400 calorie shortfall).
Gaining Life by Losing Weight
Obesity causes health problems, thus controlling weight leads to a better future. Weight loss calculators provide precision to weight loss attempts by predicting the number of calories needed for different weight situations.
The information presented demonstrates the calorie intake required to maintain current weight as well as that required to grow or lose weight. There are several motivations for reducing weight, all of which are validated by actual data provided by the weight loss calculator.
If you're still not convinced that losing weight would enhance your quality of life, try the following tips for leading a healthy lifestyle.