Monday, April 22, 2013

what should i....

...be eating to help me lose weight?  i get asked that question all the time.  guess what?  there isn't one set answer.  know why?  because every body is different and requires a different amount of calories.

before getting into the nitty gritty break down of your macronutrients, you need to find out your basal metabolic rate.

you're constantly using energy, whether your sitting at a desk, sleeping, or engaged in physical activity.  a bmr calculator will calculate your basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day.  enter in the requested data and find out your bmr here.  once you've done so, you've just found out how many calories you need to keep your body running and stay at your current weight.

before you go cutting massive amounts of calories, remember, a human body doesn't require any energy to store fat, but it does for muscle.  that's why most diets fail.  abrupt reduction in calorie intake leads to muscle and fat realignment.  the dieter quickly loses weight, muscle and fat.  when normal consumption is resumed the weight quickly rebounds because the body is now burning fewer calories to sustain itself.

if you ever wanted proof that unsafe and unhealthy diets like hcg don't work, that's why.

of all of the easy steps you can take to make sure you're eating healthy, knowing your bmr is one of them.  i'm not qualified to tell you exactly what you should be eating, but try meeting with a nutritionist or another qualified health professional.  what i can tell you is that you need to be eating a balanced diet full of lean proteins, healthy fats, complex carbs, staying up to snuff on your vitamins and supplements, and drinking lots of good for you water.

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.


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