The weight of our body is the sum of the amount of energy that we take in and the amount of energy we consume during the day. A calorie is a unit of energy. Biological processes that sustain life are all part of metabolism. To carry out necessary functions, your body needs a certain number of calories. This is your basal metabolic rate. Your weight will remain constant if you are eating and consuming the same amount of calories each day. It is likely that you are eating more calories than you are burning through your daily activities if you are steadily gaining weight.
We can control our intake of calories since we are in control of how much food we consume every day. We also have a great deal of control over our energy output or the number of calories we burn every day. Among the factors that determine how many calories you burn include:
- BMR or basal metabolic rate – It the basic or essential number of calories your body requires per hour simply to by alive and maintain body functions
- Level of physical activity
Some people’s resting metabolic rate may be higher or lower than average as a result of genetic factors or health conditions. The more weight you have, the more calories you burn at rest. In simple words, your body will need more calories to maintain its current state. If you weigh 100 pounds, you need less calories (food) to maintain your weight than if you weigh 200 pounds.
Calorie needs are partly determined by lifestyle and work habits. Someone with a sedentary job (who sits at a desk most of the day) will naturally burn fewer calories in a day than those whose job involves heavy physical labor. Exercising or doing more physical activity can help burn calories for people who do not have jobs requiring a lot of physical activity.
1How do you lose weight?
Increasing physical activity while reducing your calorie intake is the best strategy for weight loss. One pound of weight loss requires an expenditure of 3,500 calories. This can be achieved by increasing your physical activity or cutting back on your food intake, or by doing both at the same time.
For example, if someone doesn’t change his/her physical activity for a week and starts consuming 500 extra calories per day, he/she will gain 1 pound in weight in a week. For the same reason, cutting 500 calories from your diet or burning 500 calories with exercise every day for a week will result in 1 pound of weight loss.
A proper weight loss plan should include ways to reduce caloric intake / appetite, increase physical activity, and in some cases – weight loss medications. Before jumping straight to the detials.