How Many Calories Should You Eat Per Day to Lose Weight?
Each week I review articles in four categories: fat loss, nutrition, strength training and health and wellness, giving you the Just Go Tips from each article to save you time and help you take action.
How Many Calories Should You Eat Per Day to Lose Weight? by Kris Gunnars
A question of many people: How many calories should you eat per day to lose weight?
The answer isn’t one, simple, perfect number – sorry to disappoint.
It’ll be different for everyone and at best the number is an estimate. However, Kris does provide a few good resources for calculating how many calories you should eat per day to lose weight or to maintain your current weight.
You can go directly to the article by clicking here. My Just Go Tips from the article as well as my thoughts about it can be found below.
Just Go Tips
- Use a calculator such as this one to get an estimate for how many calories you should be eating.
- Count your calories for a short period of time to get an accurate measure of where you are at (At least track for a couple of days including a one day on the weekend and a couple of week days).
- Adopt these permanent changes to your lifestyle: Eat more protein, avoid sugary beverages, drink more water, exercise and eat less refined carbohydrates and sugar.
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Cutting your calories by simply eating less is not a permanent strategy to lose weight.
If you haven’t heard this before allow me to reiterate: Cutting your calories by simply eating less is NOT a permanent strategy to lose weight.
Will you need to eat a little less to lose weight? Yes, this is part of the equation, but it’s only one part.
If you are trying to lose weight and you are only cutting your calories you’re going to have a difficult time maintaining your weight loss.
What’s a much better strategy?
Adopting more permanent lifestyle changes. Adding exercise, even small amounts to start with, consuming more protein and drinking more water are great places to start.
Using the calculator in Kris’s article will help give you an idea of how many calories you should be consuming, but it’s important to understand that this isn’t the end all be all.
If you use a calorie number from the calculator for a few weeks, are exercising and eating better and still not seeing any changes you may need to adjust the amount of calories and consume a little less (A little in this case would be around 300 calories as an estimate).
However, a very important thing to note is that if you are just measuring your progress by your weight on the scale this is a flawed approach.
What happens if you start strength training, gain 5 pounds of muscle and lose 5 pounds of fat? The scale will say you weigh the same, but you’ll look much different.
The overall takeaway of this article is to establish a starting point for making progress in the future. If you don’t you’ll never know if you have actually made a change.
What should you do next? Just go!
Choose something you can apply to your life and take action. What have you got to lose?
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