I am writing an article in order to answer the question, “how much calories should I consume per day in order to lose weight?”
This question is an extremely common one, as the majority of health experts have said that people should limit their calorie intake as they eat a lot of food with high calorie count.
I have some problems with this strategy, mostly because I don’t believe that calorie counting is critical. Obesity has raised even though almost everyone owns a calculator and may do math.
While it may be true that calorie count does matter, this isn’t too vital for typical people such as you and me.
Let’s for a moment consider that the “calories in, calories out” theory holds and ignore the fact that you might be able to lose fat without ever worrying about calories by simply giving up junk food.
What this theory states is that people are obese as on an average day, they eat more than they burn. The calorie content of these extra food are then turned by the body into fat, giving our body extra weight and will later result in weight problems.
If you wish to drop 30 pounds by using this technique, and you wish to decrease at least 500 calories daily, you’d have to weigh in every single food you eat and know its calorie content for 7 months.
Furthermore, let’s imagine that you can do all of these (due to strong willpower), leaving yourself hungry and depraved of energy. Do you think it will have positive results after that?
Because if you want to lose weight, you’ve no choice but to do this otherwise, you’ll gain all the weight that you have lost.
Also, other issues are present in calorie counting:
Your metabolism depends on age, sex, activity level, hormones, height, body fat levels, genetics and many more factors.
The metabolism changes with time and it’ll drop during long periods of calorie restriction.
The brain controls body fat levels, and it will increase your hunger and reduce your activity levels to try and withstand any changes.
Additionally, weighing food will take a toll on your daily life. You won’t be able to eat out at restaurants or other peoples houses, and it is just totally annoying and unsustainable.
Definitely, this is a recipe for disaster. People would not wish to weigh in and calculate the number of calories they will intake on each and every food they consume, that is necessary if they wish to drop their weight this way.
Furthermore, I think that the entirety of the human race can not control their desires, and that includes food intake.
I’ll discuss one hormone that is important to your body, and I’m sure that you have heard of it already. It is known as Insulin.
As you may know, Insulin is used for controlling one’s blood sugar levels, preventing people from being a diabetic.
Not just does it prevent diabetes, but it also acts as a guard to your fat cells.
When levels of insulin are raised, the body’s fat cells are told to store fat and to ensure that whatever amount of fat already in them does not get out.
With high levels of insulin, even if you are taking considerably low calorie content, you’ll still have difficulty removing the content from your fat cells.
This will make your body feel energy deprived and your brain will respond. Which then leads to the inevitable “hunger”.
The best alternative to this is to select the foods that don’t contain too much content of something that impacts insulin release.
One such example of that content is the macronutrient “carbohydrate”. A drop in carbohydrate intake reduces levels of insulin.
By doing this, some of the fat stored in the body are burned and the sense of hunger goes away. The science proves it.
Appetite is decreased and the body begins using its own body fat for energy.
Keep in mind, fat loss is not really affected by calories, but rather, the type of foods that we eat and foods that encourage weight reduction.
Therefore, the question should not be how many calories should I eat?.
The better question could be: how much carbohydrates should I take daily to lose fat?