FOCUS ON: What You Eat.....And How Much, #8

How do you decide "HOW MUCH TO EAT" each day? It makes a difference....don't believe claims made by some advertisers that "you can eat as much as you want and still lose weight."

Remember, metabolism is basically the rate at which your body burns calories. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the number of calories you'd burn if you did nothing all day (or the amount of calories your body needs to maintain itself).

The starting point for determining your daily calorie needs starts with your BMR. It is critical for you to know your BMR if you want to burn fat and lose weight. If you maintain a calorie surplus (consuming more calories than you burn), you will gain weight and fat no matter how fast your metabolism hums.

Follow this example:

Your BMR is 1800 and you use another 800 calories through exercise and daily activity (a total of 2600 calories). If you consume 2200 calories during the day, you would have a calorie deficit of 400. This will cause you to lose weight for the day.

If you continue this pattern, you will lose weight every day. It is important not to starve your body or you will get the opposite effect of what you want. Starvation will cause your body to conserve energy and store fat.

For instance, if you consumed 1700 calories, you would not even meet your BMR needs. This amount (900 deficit) is unhealthy and will cause fat storage and a host of other health problems if continued. This type of deprivation can also lead to loss of lean muscle mass.

As I mentioned earlier in this series, the type of food you eat and timing of food you eat is very important for your metabolism to work right. Your body needs adequate amounts of the macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) to function right.

Keep your FOCUS.....see ya tomorrow!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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About Mark


Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.