This post from Medicinenet.com gives you a good overview of how the body loses weight. This is what most of us get wrong. Why do you think 99% of us give up trying to lose weight?Because we think we know how but we really don't so we can't lose and we quit trying.
Introduction to weight loss
Whether you are trying to lose 5 pounds or more than 50, the same principles determine how much weight you lose and how fast your weight loss will occur. Remembering the following simple guidelines and putting them into practice can lead to weight loss without the aid of any special diet plans, books, or medications.
Our body weight is determined by the amount of energy that we take in as food and the amount of energy we expend in the activities of our day. Energy is measured in calories. If your weight remains constant, you are probably taking in the same amount of calories that you burn each day. If you're slowly gaining weight over time, it is likely that your caloric intake is greater than the number of calories you burn through your daily activities.
Everyone is in control of the amount of food he or she consumes each day, so our intake of calories is something we can control. To a major degree, we can also control our output of energy, or the number of calories we burn each day. The number of calories we burn each day is dependent upon the following:
- Our basal metabolic rate (BMR), the number of calories we burn per hour simply by being alive and maintaining body functions
- Our level of physical activity
- You want to remember that the number of calories you burn everyday is different everyday. If your house is a two-story and you go up and down 8 times today and 9 times yesterday, then you may have burned more calories yesterday.
- Every movement your make uses up energy, so even if you do the same thing everyday, if there was any extra movement you burned more calories. That's the most important reason for exercise when you want to lose weight. Extra activity burns extra calories and if you eat the same amount you'll burn more calories which can translate into weight loss.
For some people, due to genetic (inherited) factors or other conditions, the resting metabolic rate (BMR) can be slightly higher or lower than average. Our weight also plays a role in determining how many calories we burn at rest -- the more calories are required to maintain your body in its present state, the greater your body weight. A 100-pound person requires less energy (food) to maintain body weight than a person who weighs 200 pounds.
Lifestyle and work habits partially determine how many calories we need each day. Someone whose job involves heavy physical labor will naturally burn more calories in a day than someone who sits at a desk most of the day (a sedentary job). For people who do not have jobs that require intense physical activity, you need exercise or increased physical activity to increase the number of calories burned.
I"ll make a suggestion, if your serious about getting into shape and losing body fat, take the time to learn about your body, what type of foods you should be eating and how much activity your body needs. The reason we gain weight as an adult is because we don't take care of our body. Man's body will last well past 100 years if we stay active and eat the right foods. We cause our own premature death.
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