The concept of calorie counting might seem simple: Eat less then you use and you will lose weight, do the opposite and you will gain it. But its far more complicated than that. That is because losing weight is a complicated matter and something which cannot be done easily.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
To find out how many calories you need to consume in order to lose weight, find out your BMR. This tells you how manly calories your body burns while in rest. This is basically the minimum amount of calories you need to stay alive if you were at rest all day.
To find out how much you should eat in order to lose weight, you have to take into account your daily activity level. This includes walking, running, exercise and basically everything else which burns calories. But the concept is not to eat less but to exercise more to create a calorie deficit which will result in weight loss. Furthermore, you have to look at your activity level based on age because as you grow old, your metabolism starts to slow down and it gets more and more difficult to lose weight.
If you start working out to burn off those extra calories, keep in mind that extra muscle mass means you will need to consume extra calories. And once that happens you might not notice any change on the weight scale. That is because as you get rid of fat, it gets replaced by muscle and your overall weight remains the same. But you look better and are healthier as well.
Quality over Quantity
When counting calories, people often forget that it’s not just about eating a specific number of them. You cannot just eat any types of food to reach the daily caloric requirements. Eating the right type of food is very important, one which provides the right amount of protein, carbs, essential fats, fiber and much more. When you are trying to lose weight, eating healthy is even more important than exercising. If you work out a lot but aren’t eating the right types of foods then you will see no progress, but if you eat right, then you will feel the difference even without taking part in any physical activities. But if you combine both, you will be achieving your weight loss goals and will also be obtaining a mighty fine physique.