There is a simple way to lose weight. No gimmicks, no secrets, no lose weight, quick scheme. What is it? It’s simply cutting how many calories you take in daily. The first step is to find out how many calories a person your size should be consuming.
After that, you want to find out how many calories you are currently taking in on a typical day. Once all of that is done, you want to cut out 500 calories a day from your diet, and you should lose about one pound a week. Keep reading to find out how all this is done.
How many calories should I be eating?
To calculate how many calories your body should be consuming, you want to find your basal metabolic rate or BMR. Your BMR is the number of calories your body needs to maintain essential functions and your current weight. There are all kinds of BMR calculators out there, but a straightforward way to determine a ballpark number of calories you should be eating is to take your body weight and multiply it by 10.
If you weight 200 pounds, then eating 2000 calories a day would be your BMR. Keep in mind this is a ballpark but an excellent estimate. It doesn’t take into consideration your daily activities.
Find out how many calories you currently consume.
Now that we know how many calories you usually should be eating, the next step is to take a few days and record everything you eat and drink. You’ll want to keep track of the calories in everything you eat by recording them from the nutrition information located on most packaged food and drinks. Don’t cheat yourself. Eat and drink like you normally would for these first couple of days.
Lose weight by cutting calories from your diet
Now hopefully, a few days have passed, and you have a good idea of how many calories you usually take in. Let’s say that you recorded yourself taking in 2700 calories, and you only weight 200 pounds. Your BMR says that to maintain the same weight, you can take in 2000 calories, so anything above 2000 calories means that you will gain weight.
To start losing weight, you need to forget those 2700 calories you recorded yourself eating and drinking and cut 500 calories from your BMR. Try to consume only 1500 calories in a day, for a whole week. You’ll notice a huge difference.
Most people will drop about one pound a week using this formula. It’s proven to work. All you have to do is follow the rules. Remember, you can also cut calories by doing exercises. If you include cutting 500 calories from your BMR as well as exercising for around thirty minutes a day, you’ll start dropping pounds in no time. Now get out there and start cutting calories.