Reaching Your Goal Weight
When you complete the calorie calculator process, you'll get a daily calorie goal. This is the number of calories you should eat each day to reach your desired weight in the time frame that you set.
If you are trying to gain weight, your daily calorie goal will include a calorie surplus. But if weight loss is your goal, a calorie deficit is factored into your final number. A calorie deficit is simply an energy shortfall. When you create a calorie deficit, you deprive your body of the fuel it needs to function.
So, your body burns stored fat for fuel instead. A calorie deficit occurs when you cut calories by eating less than your body needs or burn extra calories with physical activity. You can also combine diet and exercise to create a calorie deficit.
If you cut more calories, you'll lose weight faster. But it is not safe or practical to cut too many calories. Very low-calorie diets can backfire and should only be followed with a doctor's supervision.
Sound complicated? Let's use an example to explain. Let's say that you are a sedentary woman. That means that you don't exercise on a regular basis. The weight loss calculator may say that you need to eat 1,200 calories per day to lose weight.
But you don't think that you can cut enough food from your diet to reach that number. That's OK. You can simply add exercise to your weekly routine to account for a few extra calories. Here are a few ways you might make it work: - Eat 1,300 calories (100 extra) each day and add a short evening walk to your daily routine to burn the extra 700 calories each week. - Eat 1,400 calories (200 extra) each day and add a HIIT workout to your schedule two times per week and three 30-minute walks during the week to burn the extra 1,400 calories each week - Eat 1,500 calories (300 extra) each day and add 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise to your daily schedule to burn the extra 2100 calories each week.
In each of these scenarios, you've added calories to your daily food budget, but you've burned more calories with exercise to maintain the proper calorie deficit for weight loss.#fitness #gym #workout #fit #fitnessmotivation #motivation