Weight loss is one of those goals that even the most patient of us is anxious to fast-forward however much we can. However, for the results to be permanent and based on solid science and not trends or fluctuations, it’s imperative that the numbers be considered. There are two that matter the most and they dictate the realism one can inject into a weight loss program. The first number is the resting metabolism number. This number refers to the calories your unique system burns to simply perform its most basic tasks. In order to lose weight, you must consistently and realistically eat calories that fall below this number. The second number that speaks directly to any reasonable weight loss effort and the time needed to make it happen is the thermic effect on activity number. When your body performs a thermal activity, such as exercise, the number of calories that can be burned is affected to achieve a higher overall number. Burning more calories naturally results in more weight loss.
- To devise a strategy to lose weight in a given time period, it is imperative to know what is realistic, according to the numbers that relate to your own body.
- Your body has a specific resting metabolic rate, which allies specifically with the number of calories your body needs to simply perform basic functions, like pumping blood.
- A second, equally important number, refers to the thermic effect of activity. This number refers to the effect that calorie burning activities, AKA exercise, have on the calories one burns per hour.
“That said, the number of calories you burn each day, which is known as energy or calorie expenditure, is a bit more complicated.”