Monday, April 11, 2011

Let's talk nutrition

Did you know there are 3,500 calories in just one pound of fat? I don’t know about you, but that makes me stop and think before I eat. Things like “are those chips really worth it?” run through my head.

I’m not telling you to never eat chips, but knowing that it takes a loss of 3,500 calories to get just ONE pound of fat off, makes some foods look less appealing to me!

When trying to lose weight, it’s difficult to lose and keep it off with just diet or just exercise – that’s a lot of calories to cut back or burn alone. It takes a little of both to succeed long term.

Here’s what I mean:

If you’re trying to lose one pound per week (1-2 pounds lost per week are ideal), and you cut out 300 unnecessary calories from your diet (one donut or two cans of soda) and spent an extra 200 calories through physical activity each day, you would lose one pound every week.

That’s an awfully lot easier than trying to cut out 500 calories every day or burning 500 calories through exercise (think running 5 miles/day).

If you’re trying to lose weight, look at your food intake and find something you’re willing to cut back on. Move more every day to burn calories. You’ll be surprised how much easier this is than you thought.

If you have a story about how you've lost weight through proper nutrition and exercise, we'd love to hear it. Share with us!