If you want to lose weight, you must consume
fewer calories than you burn. It's simple math.
In fact, it's so simple, and so important, that we
have made calorie reduction our our top
weight loss secret.
You can try all of the magic pills and potions you
want. You can exercise 20 hours per day. However,
if you consume more calories than you burn, you will
gain weight. It's simple math.
A calorie is a unit of measurement for energy. The
unit's name is French and derives from the Latin calor
(heat). Scientists now use the joule as the unit of
energy. However, the calorie remains in common use
for the amount of energy obtained from food.
Human fat tissue contains about 87% lipids (what
non-scientists refer to as fat), so that one pound
of body-fat tissue has roughly the caloric energy
of 1,914 g of pure fat, or 3,500 calories. Therefore,
to lose weight, one has to create a 3,500 calorie
deficit between energy intake and use to lose one
pound of body-fat.
And that's the simple math, and that's the importance
of a calorie. If you want to lose a pound of
fat, you have to burn approximately 3,500 calories
more than you consume.
That's not easy to do: check out our report on the
Calorie Exercise Weight Loss Challenge.
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