To lose a pound of body fat you need to reduce your calorie intake by 3,500 calories a week!
I know what you’re thinking, that sounds like a lot but work it out – it means that you have to reduce your daily calorie intake by 500 per day – that sounds more realistic doesn’t it?
Losing one or two pounds of body fat per week is a healthy and steady pace to be losing weight, and also a realistic goal.
Don’t say to yourself that you’re going to be a size 8 by the end of the month when you have 5 stone to lose. Or, I will fit into those 34 inch waist jeans in a couple of weeks when you are a 40 inch waist now. You will only put yourself down when it does get to the end of the month and it hasn’t happened.
Cutting down your calorie intake by 500 calories a day can be as simple as swapping cheddar cheese on your jacket potato to cottage cheese, or swapping your full fat chocolate mousse to a low fat yoghurt.
Want to lose two pounds a week? Then double it by cutting down your calorie intake by 1000 calories per day. A little more challenging but worth it in the end.
And that’s the science behind losing weight, lower your calorie intake and become more active is the simplest and probably the most effective way of shifting that weight!
If you would like any advice on nutrition please speak to an instructor or book in for a free consultation. We are here to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
By Kirsty Kemp
Reynolds @ Rainham