How Fast Can You Lose Weight Safely?

 

What is a calorie deficit?

If we are speaking strictly about calories (ignoring all of the other factors that affect weight loss) it takes a deficit of 3500 calories in order to lose one pound of fat.  What is a calorie deficit you ask? It’s when you take in fewer calories than is required for you to maintain your current body composition and energy function. 

Kind of like when you overdraft your bank account (yikes) and you enter the red zone - that energy needs to be made up from somewhere and so it taps into your stored body fat to create energy.  This is how fat loss works. If you are taking in less energy than you need to fuel your exercise and daily movement, then your body has this awe-some power to create that energy from those pesky love-handles you’re always complaining about. 

Actually, when you stop to consider it, your body is pretty damned amazing. 

Your minimum calorie requirement

Your body has a unique calorie...

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The Ultimate Guide to Losing Weight Safely (without crash dieting or starving yourself)

The Hard Truth

Losing weight is hard.  No one is denying that. It can be emotional, frustrating and infuriating.  You may feel like you have tried everything to no avail. You may resent your best friend who is naturally lean and appears to be able to eat whatever she wants.  But remember that we are not all the same and the weight loss strategy that works for your friend may not work as well for you. Differing genetic body types, food preferences or varying degrees of unhealthy relationships with food are each factors that may affect what your healthy weight loss plan looks like compared to the next person’s. 

There is no magic pill and no secret workout routine to have a flat tummy or shredded abs.  The only way you’ll be able to lose weight safely and keep it off is to pick a nutrition and exercise strategy, consistently work hard at it and stick with it over a long period of time.  I’m not talking about 6-12 weeks. No, I mean that...

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