- a unit of energy
Fat is stored as energy. A person looking to burn fat must increase their energy output. i.e. exercise, to burn off more calories than they’ve taken in.
I tend to prefer most things in layman’s terms. Lounging on the futon scrolling through meme’s doesn’t count as burning calories. According to The American Council on Exercise acefitness.org one (1) pound of fat eaquals 3,500 calories.
Burn baby, burn
Our Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR is the amount of energy, (calories) required just to function at rest, day to day.
“The only way to get the fat off is to eat less and exercise more” – Jack Lalanne
Healthy, and realistic weightloss is a pound to a pound and a half a week. Depending on a persons daily activity, this can be achieved quite succesfully with the right workout routines.
To get started on counting calories first, become familiar with two (2) things:
- Weight Loss
To find what your current maintenance level would be, multiply your current weight x 12. For example, a 185lb person x 12 would have a calorie maintenance level of 2,220 per day. This is your base to work from.
You can then subtract your daily count for losing weight, or add calories to gain mass, i.e. size. However, right now we’re not “bulking”. (More on that later)
Getting in the habit of reading labels helped me get a solid understanding of counting my daily intake.
Granted these labels are typically based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet, again it is a base in which to work from.
Now, time to start counting.