10/7/16 Klymit Static V
I am asked all the time, "How many calories do you eat per day?" and "What EXACTLY do you eat?". First of all no 2 people are the same, so what I eat each day may work for me but may be totally wrong for someone else.
No matter what your goal; losing, maintaining or gaining weight, the 1st thing you should take into consideration is:How many calories should I be eating?? This can be an overwhelming question to many. Even a body at rest (breathing, sleeping, etc) needs a certain amount of calories to function. This is called your BMR Basal Metabolic Rate . There is an equation you can use but the easiest way to find BMR is to go online, find a BMR calculator (Here's a link to one), this will tell you how many calories are needed to function, add in your activity level and that's how many calories you burn per day approx. Then subtract 500 calories from your maintenance number per day and you can lose up to a pound per week. If you increase your calories 500 over your maintenance number you'll gain up to a pound per week. Sounds simple right? It is!
Your next question might be; Well then if I subtract 1000 calories off of my maintenance number I should lose 2 lbs. per week right?.... Wrong!
According to Weight Loss Resources, most nutrition experts recommend never going below 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day. Starvation mode is not a firm line that you cross when you step beyond a limit but is rather a gradual process that evolves over time. This theory allows for some variation in daily caloric intake. Some days you may consume fewer calories and potentially restrict them to an extreme. However, most other days, you may consume more appropriate levels that will prevent you from entering starvation mode. It is important to note that starving yourself to lose weight will not only affect your metabolism. Eating too little during the day will also often lead you to sabotage your weight loss efforts in other ways. Not consuming appropriate amounts of food can lead to fatigue, which could prevent you from exercising on a regular basis. Finally, severely restricting your calories has been shown to lead to binge eating, which will cause you to lose any benefit you may have gained from eating way too little. The best choice for weight loss is to eat highly nutritious foods and start exercising.
It comes down to one simple equation: Eat Less+ Move More =Healthy Weight Loss