The key to losing weight is to increase metabolism and reduce caloric intake. Our bodies store fat for energy for the times we are not eating. The brain, for example, can only use glucose for energy. It has to get this from storage between meals.
There are a fixed number of fat cells in our bodies. These fat cells simply enlarge when we store fat (put on weight) and shrink when we utilize fat (lose weight).
DAILY CALORIC INTAKE
The average person needs to take in about 1,500 calories (6,000kj) for ladies, and 2,000 calories (8,000kj) for men. Anything extra we take in is stored as fat.
500grams of fat is equal to about 3,500 calories.
The average person needs about 26 calories per kg of body weight to breathe, generate body heat, etc (This is at rest). If you weight 68kg, you need to take in 1800 calories per day. If you walk a lot or run or do other forms of exercise, you would obviously need more calories.
The amount of calories in a McDonalds meal is 1,560 (See McDonald’s USA Nutrition Facts for details). So, in just one meal an average person has had all their calories for the day !!
The ONLY way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than the body needs and speed up the metabolism so that we need more calories.
JUST ONE EXTRA BISCUIT
If you need 1800 calories per day, and you are eating 1800 calories per day, just one extra Oreo biscuit added to your diet is 50 calories. So you are now taking in 50caolries too much every day. Over one year you will gain 5kg just from that one extra biscuit !!
INCREASING THE METABOLIC RATE
The slower our metabolic rate, the less we should be eating. One of the problems with gaining weight occurs when we eat too little and our body starts to slow down due to a lack of nutrients. The way to increase your metabolic rate is;
• Eat 3 balanced meals per day (one or two can be the meal replacement drink mix)
• Get more exercise. Start walking more, take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator, park further from the entrance of the shopping centre. Small things like this burn calories.
TAKE IN LESS CALORIES
Replace one or two meals a day with our nutritional meal replacement formula mixing it with milk, yogurt, cereal or fruit juice. We also have a simple diet plan to follow. (see our website)