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Weight Loss & Math, Oh Boy!

Updated on April 11, 2011

Everyone wants the secret to fast weight loss. Well, The secret is, there is no secret! It's as simple as doing math! If your not so good at math or have no idea what I am talking about, well I've done all the work for you!!

Let's start with how many calories you need to burn to get rid of one pound. It is 3,500 calories! Yes that is a lot. No worries! You won't need to burn that many just by exercise. The average woman's body burns between 1,500-2,000 on its own, just sitting around doing nothing! The average man's body is 2,500-3,000.  The younger you are, the easier weight loss will be because you will be burning more off daily then someone 10, 20 years older. I figured since I am a 23 year old female, I burn around 2,000 calories a day doing nothing.

Next you find out how much you eat on a daily basis in calories! Make a list of ever calorie you consume throughout one day. Say you consume 1,300 calories a day (which I consume). You take your body's calories burned and subtract what you eat! If I burn 2,000 calories on my own, doing nothing and I eat 1,300 calories a day, I am burning 700 calories a day!

Now, 700 calories a day will have me losing weight at about 1 pound per week. To most of us, this is to slow! So that is where exercise comes in! In order to burn 2 pounds a week (which is healthy) I would have to burn another 300 calories per day! You can burn 300 calories in an hour or less if your workout is a good one! I use a stationary bike and it takes me 30 minutes to burn 300 calories.

Do you get it? I sure hope so!

It's that simple. If you want to lose more weight, do not cut calories under 1,300 (if your a woman) and under 1,800 (if your a man) or this can cause health issues. Instead, simply work out a little more and cut out the crap! I am talking soda, juice, candy, chips, well you get the idea. Simply drink only water (which is the only thing you should be drinking anyway) and stay away from processed foods. You can eat processed foods, yes, but it will be harder to lose weight and stay healthy. I eat them, and try to keep them limited as we all should.

I hope this helps you out if you are interested in losing weight. I gained 35 pounds in the past two years in which I plan to lose. If I am losing 2 pounds a week I will be at my old weight in mid August of this year. Which is about 3 and a half months. I actually am going to shoot for an extra 10, which is my ideal weight. This will be a little rough but If I will be healthier and feel better it is worth it. I want to be 115 pounds in time for my wedding (November 2011).


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      ii3rittles 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comments!

      Poketsaviour - Thank you for the congratulations

      Katenka_lalo - I am short (only 5'3) so my ideal weight is between 110-125lbs. I've been 125lbs and still felt another 10 couldn't hurt! anything below 115lbs is way to skinny for me though!

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      katenka_lalo 6 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      I love the picture!

      But isn't 115 pounds too little? I guess it depends on your height...

      But I admire you for setting great goals for your wedding, and I hope it goes smoothly!

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      pocketsaviour 6 years ago from Derby, UK

      Nice and simple, thanks! Congratulations on your wedding :)