When looking for a fast way to lose weight, many people simply ignore some of the most basic tenets of weight loss. In fact, the simple statement – “If you are serious about wanting to lose weight fast, eat less and exercise more,” has been said a thousand times. This alludes to the idea of weight loss being simply a matter of consuming fewer calories than you burn. This is the single equation that governs all weight loss, whether you follow a fad diet or simply try to eat healthy foods whenever possible. While the mind and spirit may be perfectly willing, sometimes the body is not quite so cooperative. Still, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to work with our bodies in order to keep this equation in order and continue losing weight.
“How many calories should you eat to lose weight?” is central to the minds of many people who want to lose weight, but you can’t even begin to address this until you know how many calories you burn. Now, there are two different ways to estimate your daily calorie burn. The first, and simplest way, is to calculate your BMR, or basal metabolic rate, which gives you a rough estimate. If you are more interested in accuracy or real-time feedback, you are better off investing a few hundred dollars in a BodyBugg
or other calorie monitor.
Speaking of your daily calorie burn, the next thing that we need to consider is your daily workout. You may find it comforting and convenient to depend on the same workout routine every day, but unfortunately this is not the best way to go. People tend to not be aware of the fact that the body constantly adapts to changing needs and activities, and will steadily burn fewer and fewer calories as it adapts to the workout. This goes back to the days of the cavemen who needed to conserve calories whenever possible in order to survive, but this usually isn’t necessary in the modern world.
Assume for a moment that each morning you get up and perform the exact same workout: you get on a treadmill and run 5 MPH for 30 minutes. This is a great workout for beginners because you can burn up to 600 calories in a single session, but you have to take adaptation over time into account. This is important because that workout may only burn 200 or 300 calories after your body has a few weeks or months to adapt to the routine. Changing your workout routine every few weeks is a great idea because it goes a long way toward ensuring that your body does not adapt, and thus consistently burns as many calories as possible.
No matter what your starting level or choice of diet, real weight loss is primarily a matter of consuming fewer calories each day than you burn. Weight loss is ensured so long as this equation remains tipped in your favor, you exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet filled with real food instead of processed filler.