How Many Calories Do I Need to Lose Weight


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How Many Calories Do I Need to Lose Weight

  1. 1. ==== ====For Great Weight Loss Tips Check this ====As a nutritionist, one of the most common questions I get asked is "how many calories do I needto eat to lose weight?" I think many people are not losing weight because they are completelyconfused and misinformed about calories.Here are my answers to the most common calorie questions.Calorie FAQsQ. Is calorie a bad word?A. No, its not bad-just misunderstood! Most people who use the word calorie simply dont knowwhat it means. Also, in my experience, most people to go pale at the mere mention of the word.Based on those facts alone, I would eliminate calorie from the English vocabulary if I could.Q. Why is calorie such a misunderstood word?A. The American public has been told, time and time again, that people who consume morecalories than their bodies burn will gain weight. As I explain in The Diet Solution: Start Eating andStart Living, this statement is only partially true. All calories are not created equal; caloriesconsumed from healthy foods and unhealthy foods are quite different.Q. What exactly is a calorie, then?A. According to Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition), a calorie is "a unitequivalent to the large calorie expressing heat-producing or energy-producing value in food whenoxidized in the body." In plain English, a calorie is a unit of energy released from the food you eatto power the body.Q. How are calories "burned"?A. The body needs energy from food-calories-to perform many functions, the most obvious ofwhich are physical activity and exercise. However, the body also requires energy to function at themost basic level: to breathe, digest food, and maintain organs and systems.Q. How many calories should I eat each day?A. The short answer is "enough." The calories you consume must provide enough energy for yourbody to perform all necessary functions and activities-and bring about optimum health. The longanswer is that the number of calories needed varies from person to person and depends on
  2. 2. weight, foods consumed, sleep, stress and activity levels, age, and a long list of other factors thataffect metabolism. In The Diet Solution: Start Eating and Start Living, I provide a calorie equationto help you estimate, according to these factors, how many calories you should consume to loseweight or maintain weight. It also includes charts to help you choose the right sources of thosecalories to support your efforts.Q. Is it possible to eat too few calories?A. Believe it or not, yes! The most serious problem with low-calorie diets is that although they maybring about weight loss, they also can cause serious health problems. One common side effect oflow-calorie diets is muscle breakdown, which can occur when the body doesnt consume enoughcalories from protein. Especially vulnerable is the heart, a muscular organ. If a person does notconsume an adequate amount of calories each day, the heart muscle begins to break down,possibly leading to serious cardiac conditions (e.g., cardiac atrophy).Q. What are the consequences of following low-calorie diets off and on over time?A. Low-calorie diets typically do not supply enough energy to keep organs and systems healthy. Ineffect, they can lead to malnourishment. For clients who have repeatedly followed such diets, Irecommend high-calorie meal plans that will provide their organs with adequate fuel to repairthemselves and regain healthy function. Most of my clients are surprised, at first, to see how muchfood they can consume on a healthy weight-loss diet-not to mention the high level of health thatthey can achieve.Q. Hey, wait-didnt you say that you dont like the word calorie? Then why does the Diet SolutionProgram suggest calculating calorie requirements?A. In the Diet Solution Program, calorie calculation is simply a means to an end. You use the idealnumber of calories that results from the equation to determine the correct number of servings ofeach food type for each meal. Thats it-from that point on, you can forget about counting calories!Q. If I dont count calories, then how will I control my eating habits?A. Use the Allowable Servings Guide in The Diet Solution: Start Eating and Start Living to planmeals. However, over time, you will learn how to meet your bodys nutritional needs withoutreferring to the servings guide. Humans are born with the ability to "know" when the body hasreceived enough nourishment and when it needs more. My professional experience indicates that,unfortunately, most yo-yo dieters and other people who have battled weight problems dont knowhow to "listen" to the bodys cues in response to the foods and portions they consume. The goodnews is that this ability can be (re)learned.Q. What do you mean by "listen" to my body?A. The Diet Solution Program is a lifestyle shift that teaches you how to determine the best foodsand portions for your metabolic type. Even after just days on the plan, you will learn to payattention to how you feel after eating. For many people, this experience of "listening" to the bodywill be new. However, by letting your body be your guide, you will learn how to eat your way tooptimum health.
  3. 3. Q. Can I really expect to maintain a healthy weight without counting calories or referring toservings guides or other charts?A. Yes! Its how I live my life now, and you, too, can learn to recognize when your body isadequately nourished. After many years of dieting, I reawakened my bodys innate ability to tell mewhen Ive had enough food and when I need more by following the same plan I present in the DietSolution Program. Every day is different; some days I require more food and others less,depending on my levels of exercise, stress, and even hormones. But I dont need to count caloriesto know whether Ive had enough; my body tells me, and I know how to listen. Whatever you do,dont be lured into the trap of forever counting calories, because that approach is not sustainable-or healthy-in the long term.I assure you that counting calories is not the answer to your weight loss problem. Eatingwholesome and natural foods in the correct proportions for you is the solution.Stop counting calories right now. Dont go on Any Diet Ever again until you download The BestDiet PlanRead The Best Diet Tips to learn how to lose weight and keep it off permanently.Isabel is a nutrition, exercise and lifestyle coach who has helped hundreds of people lose theirunwanted weight and take complete control of their health. She is the author of The Diet SolutionProgram, a complete and comprehensive nutrition program that is helping people all over theworld finally reach their ideal weight. For more information on The Diet Solution Program and howit can help to change your life, visit http://www.thedietsolutionprogram.comArticle Source: ====For Great Weight Loss Tips Check this ====