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

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