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I guess "simple" is all a matter of perspective. The "simple" Math Weight Loss sounds simple to me because I've read about and tried so many complicated diets that were based on percentages or that required me to eat foods that were not a normal part of my regular diet that this seems so simple in comparison. Not to mention if you want to get really scientific and talk about raw foods, organics, trans fats, glycemic index's, etc...
Food Journals are the way to go because it keeps you accountable. It is far to easy to pick up an extra 500 calories a day just in little "stolen" drinks, snacks, and such that you forget you ate moments after having them.
A while back I wrote a post on the book "French Woman Don't Get Fat" and some of the thoughts that book suggested for a healthy lifestyle and long term outlook on food. It helped me understand why French woman are not fat! And made me better appreciate why we are! (as a society...not you personally!) I actually wonder why we are not fatter!! And I am not just talking about fast food, junk, and the "diet" industry (which actually makes us fatter), I am talking about our lifestyle, the role food plays in our life and how inactive we are as a whole.
The reason why I think this is simple is because it is basically only about eating healthy, eating small meals often, eating non-diet wholesome foods in small moderation's and keeping yourself accountable. I want to eat chocolate, every single day. It's true! If I don't get to eat chocolate on my last day on this planet I am going to pissed! lol So I account for 100 calories a day that goes towards chocolate. Its not a lot of chocolate, but its some and so I am happy. I also take one day a week that is a "free" day. The funny thing about a "free" day is that because your whole perspective on food, eating, and portions has been altered, what I now consider a "treat" and what I can put down in one meal is drastically different than what it was before.
Anyways, the "lifestyle" plan (of watching calories and your weight closely) is a little different from the "diet" portion (which I am currently on)....
Because some of us need to take a big chunk of weight off- NOW!!
Its all about the magic number 3,500.
That is how many calories in one pound. Sounds like a lot, doesnt it? I mean, that is over 6 Big Macs!!
Here is a another simple math equation that = weight loss. Lets say I weight 180 pounds.
180 x 15 (calories per day, per pound to maintain) = 2,700 calories (I need) per day to maintain my body weight
2,700 calories per day x 7 days (in a week) = 18,900 calories per week to maintain 180 pounds.
But lets say I want to loose 1 pound in a week. I need to take 3,500 calories out of my diet in a week....
18,900 - 3500 = 15,400 per week
15,400 / 7 (days in a week) = 2200 calories per day
Lets say I wanted to loose 2 pounds in a week (8 pounds a month)...
18,900 - 7000 = 11,900 / 7= 1700 calories per day
As you loose weight the calories per pound you need to maintain goes down, so you always need to recalculate if you want to loose a specific number.
And that is it. Sounds more complicated than it already is. Once you have your number worked out, the tough part comes in! Sticking with it!!
I lost over 20 pounds using this method last summer and felt great! I felt healthy! Which is the point behind making a lifestyle change! Eat healthy foods, in moderation, and watch your portions.... every. single. day, ..and eventually you will find a healthy weight!