Planning sensible meals on your diet plan is essential to losing weight. With calorie based diet plans, you control the proper calorie intake, which is the main ingredient in the recipe to lose weight. To lose weight and keep it off you have to burn more calories than you take in. But you must know how many calories you need to eat and how many you need to burn in order to be successful.
Food was meant to be enjoyed – but in moderation. If we base our food decisions on taste alone and disregard nutrition, we will most likely gain weight. We have to strive for a healthy balance of taste and nutrition. To create a calorie based diet plan, you have to structure your daily meals around the number of calories you need to lose weight. The healthy way to lose weight is not the fastest. It is recommended that you lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. Most fad diets that lose weight quickly are just losing water weight. That is why you gain the weight back as soon as you start eating normally again.
The average woman may burn 1700 to 2000 calories per day during normal daily activities. The average man, 2200 to 2500 calories each day. A pound of fat contains 3500 calories. You need to burn 3500 additional calories in order to lose one pound. If you reduce the number of calories that you normally eat by 500 to 600 calories you can lose that one pound in a week. A calorie based diet plan of this sort will allow you to lose weight and have a stable appetite during the day. If you’re a woman, create meal plans based on 1200 to 1400 calories per day. A man should plan on 1500 to 1800. Many people skip meals to save calories. This is a big mistake because it causes you to eat more at other times because of low energy and blood sugar levels. Instead of skipping meals, eat 4 to 5 times throughout the day. When you spread your calories throughout the day, you can keep up your energy level. Keeping your metabolism high and your blood sugar level low allows you to burn more calories.
To burn more calories you need to exercise. It is the best way to increase your metabolism. If your body can burn 2000 calories a day without exercise, it will burn 2200 calories per day with regular exercise. The amount of calories burned by exercise depends on your weight. A 150 pound person can burn 140 calories in a 30 minute walk and close to 300 calories walking fast paced for an hour. If you increase your activity level, you increase the number of calories you burn. Then you don’t have to reduce the number of calories that you eat as much. You need to have a 500 calorie deficit each day. You get this by exercising, eating less or a combination of the two. You will find that as you exercise more, your body will want more calories. No exercise plan is going to help you burn calories if you don’t do it. You need to find an activity that you will enjoy and keep doing. Exercise needs to be a life long commitment, just like eating healthy on a calorie based diet plan.
The easy part is determining how many calories you need per day. The hardest part of a calorie based diet plan is determining what you should be eating and how much of it to get those calories.