Many of us want to lose weight. There are so many inspiring examples around us that it becomes obvious that extra weight is not only unhealthy but also unpopular.
We at Bright Side decided to tell you about a rule that will help you lose weight.
Healthy eating and moderate physical activity are well-known ways to achieve a good shape if you do not have health problems that might be an obstacle to it. However, these activities won’t give results if you do not stick to the rule of energy balance.
The rule of energy balance is as follows: we should consume exactly the amount of calories that we spend daily. In this case, it is impossible to gain weight.
When we consume more calories than we spend, our weight slightly increases.
If we consume fewer calories than we spend, we lose weight. This is the key to success.
In order to find out the number of calories that we spend a day, we prepared the following approximate calculations:
- 8 hours of sleep a night — 260-300 calories
- 8 hours of office work — 480-500 calories
- To work and back using public transportation — 28 calories in 30 minutes
- 1 hour of gym workout — 230-350 calories
- Other expenditure (stress, energy spent on food digestion, etc.) — 570-800 calories
- If you are a man, add approximately 200-400 calories depending on your daily activity
Please note that your expenditure may alter from this list because it largely depends on your weight and the intensity of physical activity. In order to find out your real daily energy expenditure, use a calculator.
Anthony Howard-Crow lost 15 kg eating only ice cream.
Anthony Howard-Crow, a fitness blogger from Colorado, set up an interesting experiment. He ate only ice cream for 100 days. This man lost almost 30 lbs in 62 days.
Every day he was consuming less than 2,000 calories. He did a lot of physical activity in order to burn more calories than he consumed. It worked out, as you can see. However, by the end of the experiment, he complained of tiredness and weakness. Ice cream is probably not the best diet, though the result was more than obvious.
John Cisna lost 28 kg eating only fast food.
John Cisna is a teacher from Iowa. He ate only McDonald’s for half a year. As a result, he lost 28 kg.
John also adhered to the same rule: he spent more calories than he consumed. He also tried to maintain a daily norm of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, and he walked for at least 45 minutes every day.
The rule of energy balance really works. However, it is necessary to remember about physical activity. It helps to keep muscles in good shape. In this case, your lean body will also be nice and taut.
Preview photo credit John Cisna