Start Weight:(18 May 13) 189.0 lb
Current Weight:(03 Feb 16) 197.6 lb
Goal Weight:180.0 lb
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The idea is to balance the calories you burn with calories you eat so that you have a calorie deficit that will help you lose weight at the rate you want.

For example, to lose a pound a week you would you need to eat about 500 calories less than you burn every day. That's because a pound of fat is about 3500 calories and 3500 divided by seven days = 500 calories per day.

The number you burn is different for everyone and depends on height, weight, level of activity, and age. So the first thing to do is to figure out what your average burn rate is. Here's a calculator that helps you do that:

After you have your daily number figure out your daily calorie limit so it's about 500 calories fewer.

Later if you add exercise you can figure out how much you burn per session and add that to your daily amount, and adjust your food accordingly. Exercise makes you hungry so most people eat more when they exercise.

I don't exercise enough to make a huge difference, so I try to set my diet based on my regular activity and don't worry about counting exercise at all. It's hard enough to count all the calories I eat, so I just treat exercise as a bonus. If I do it and I burn a few extra calories, I may lose weight a bit faster that week.
posted 18 Jan 2012, 07:29
When it is just too much work. . .
I looked at the Eating Well site and I liked the idea of putting bulky vegetables into stuff you're already eating/making.

Like a hidden layer of spinach or broccoli in your mac and cheese. That way you can make the same dish for you and your family, but you can bake two dishes of it, a small one with veggies and a big dish of it without spinach for the rest of the family. Make enough of the one with veggies to eat as leftovers.

That wouldn't work with everything, but I could see it working with a lot of things: shredded carrots and diced onion in your hamburger, spinach or broccoli in your mac and cheese, extra beans in your chili, white beans instead of hamburger in your spaghetti.

Maybe a good idea to think about little changes to the food your friend has to prepare for her family so she can build on that effort for herself, and still eat healthy, rather than having to tackle a whole separate effort.

posted 20 May 2011, 16:18
How many calories do you need to burn for how much you've eaten?
When someone says you "should" eat about 2000 calories a day that generally means you should eat 2000 calories to maintain your weight. That's the same as saying you also burn about 2000 calories a day.

If you burn fewer calories than you eat you gain weight, if you burn more calories than you eat you lose weight, and if you burn the same number of calories as you eat, then you stay the same.

Of course people are different, and a lot of things affect how much you actually burn, so you might want to try a calorie calculator to find out what you burn. Here's one: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/calories-burned.php

Once you have an idea of what it takes to maintain your weight you can eat less than that to lose weight. A pound of fat is about 3500 calories. That means if you eat 250 less than you burn every day, you'll lose about a half a pound a week. If you think you should eat 2000 a day, try eating 1800 a day for a month and see if you lose about 1 3/4ths pounds.

If you needed 2000 calories and only ate 1800 calories every day for a year you would lose about 20 lbs. 200 calories is what you get from 2 cans of coke.

posted 21 Sep 2010, 21:50
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Bugs bit the jeering rascal.
posted 17 Mar 2010, 21:44
The Not a Diet Diet
The not a diet diet is where I want to get, too, but it's so hard to think of what I'm doing as "not a diet" ... I think that's partly because it takes a lot of effort to keep at it. It's so much easier to eat mindlessly, or to drink too much, or to drink and then enjoy a serving of hummus or something else that puts me over my calorie limit.

Counting calories is a lot of effort and just feels like a diet.

Counting calories is working, however, and I certainly look forward to the day when my 1600 calories seems like just another normal day--rather than a low goal I strive for. How long does that take, a year? More?

I'd love it to be "just the way I eat". I certainly plan to keep it up until I get there. As long as it takes. One thing for sure is that I don't feel like I'm on a diet at breakfast, and a smallish lunch is starting to seem normal. Maybe the shift is near . . .

Congrats on your fantastic loss!
posted 12 Nov 2009, 23:57
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