For some, losing weight is all about burning calories. But if it were that simple, diet pills and fitness gadgets will never exist and we will never have weight issues. What usually happens when we lose weight in an instant is we gain more weight. We need to take it slow and stick to the diet that will help you lose weight as you go through the process. One of the basics of weight loss is to calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). When calculating your BMR, you will get an estimated amount of calories that will help your body in your day to day functions. The calculation is not definite so you can adjust the numbers to make it more accurate.
Another way of losing weight is to keep a journal about your level of activity. Use a calorie calculator to know how many calories you burn while exercising or while sitting. You can also use a heart rate monitor as this also counts your burned calories. Then save all the information in your journal and by the end of the week, add all your results and get the average for you to know the amount of calories you consume daily. You can make a food journal for you to have an idea of how much calories you consume every day. You will also know what foods can increase your calorie intake. By calculating your BMR, your activity and food calories, you will know if you will gain weight or lose weight.
The most basic tool for losing weight is to exercise daily. How much you need to exercise will be different from one person to the other. The exercises will depend on the person’s body built, age and purpose. Normally, it is recommended to exercise 30-50 minutes daily or at least 250 minutes every week. For beginners, it is best to exercise for 15 – 30 minutes every day in order for the body to adapt to the changes. By the time that your body adjusts to the changes, you can gradually increase the intensity of your exercises and your body will adapt again to the changes you have made.