It seems like some of you have back-to-school weight loss plans because I have received quite a few question about dieting advice. And just like it takes time to move up a grade, it takes time to lose weight. Especially if you want to keep the weight off. Here are five pieces of sound advice for losing weight.
- You should eat at least 1200 calories per day. Eating less than 1200 slows down your metabolism, because your body thinks there is a famine and wants to hold on to calories and actually prevents you from losing weight.
- Aim to lose no more than two pounds a week. This means no crash dieting, just sensible eating and plenty of calorie burning exercise.
- Keep a food journal to make sure that you are truly eating a sensible diet and not over eating or over snacking. Try the FitSugar food journal since food tracking has been proven to help folks lose weight.
- You need to burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound of body fat. To lose a pound a week, you should have a daily calorie deficit of 500 calories. You can create a calorie deficit by eating less, by exercising more, or both. I recommend a mixture of both.
- Focus on losing fat not lean muscle. Since muscles not only keep you strong, they also burn considerably more calories, pound for pound, than fat. Be sure to add strength training to your exercise plan.