Do you think that you know about weight loss? Would anything surprise you about the topic of weight loss? There are basic notions that most people have memorized about weight loss and there are lots of weight loss myths floating around too. How much do you really know about the truth about weight loss?
Did you know that an individual should burn about 3500 calories a day if they want to lose one pound of body fat?
It is not easy to burn 3500 calories, believe me! When I jump on a mini-trampoline for 45 minutes I am lucky to burn 180 calories. We burn calories when we exercise, and when we do normal everyday things like breathing. Thankfully how many calories you burn in a day is not the only thing you need to know about to lose weight.
It is important to calculate your BMR. Your BMR is your basal metabolic rate. This BMR number is important when trying to lose weight because it tells how many calories your body uses in normal daily functions like breathing and digestion. You need to consume this number of calories each day to support these daily functions. There are many online BMR calculators that you can search for online and use online. Next you can use a calorie calculator to determine how many calories you burn while standing, sitting, exercising, and lifting weights or while doing any of the other daily activities that you do each day.
If you consume more calories than you burn up doing normal body functions like digesting food and breathing as well as the calories that you burn doing daily activities like walking, standing etc., than those extra calories consumed but not burned off can turn to extra body pounds.
Don’t listen to all the diet pill pushers when it comes to weight loss. You can naturally lose excess body weight by eating a healthy diet and by doing some type of physically activity everyday. Remember that the key to NOT gaining anymore excess weight is burning the same or a greater amount of calories than what you consume each day. Overeat and you will gain weight. Eat foods that contain high amounts of calories and sit around all day and you won’t be able to burn off the calories you consumed that day. Burn off MORE calories than you safely consume each day and you will lose excess weight.
Before starting any new exercise program or diet it is important to speak with your doctor or dietician to be sure that you are consuming a healthy amount of calories each day and that your body is healthy enough for the type of exercise program you wish to start.
Anyone can lose weight safely and naturally by watching what they eat, and by getting regular physical daily activity that burns calories and more importantly builds muscle. Walking, bicycling, swimming, aerobics and weight training are all good exercises. Reduce the time spent sitting or lying around by becoming more active. If you have a desk job or sit at school a lot during the day find time to be active before or after school or work. Make sure you eat proper portion sizes as many people gain extra weight just be eating larger portion sizes or by having second or third helpings. Make sure you are eating 5 servings daily of fruits and vegetables because your body needs proper minerals and vitamins to maintain a healthy metabolism in order to burn calories. Eating vegetables and fruits will also help you to be less hungry for high-calorie foods.
Never skip breakfast because studies have shown that those who do skip this important meal are more likely to have a higher BMI than those who eat a healthy breakfast.
Did you find out anything you did not already know about weight loss? The more you know about weight loss the better your chances for losing excess weight and for maintaining a proper body weight.