Calories and Weight Loss

A calorie is defined as the measurement of energy required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree Celsius. One pound of fat equals 3500 calories. Therefore, 3500 calories need to be lost to lose 1 pound of fat. By reducing caloric intake by 100 calories a day, one would lose almost a pound a month or 10lbs a year. On the other hand, by eating an extra 100 calories a day, one would put on 10lbs a year and 50lbs over 5 years. Walking a mile (2000 steps) burns about 100 calories. By walking an extra mile a day, one could lose 10lbs in a year. Therefore, by lowering one’s caloric intake by 100 calories a day and walking an extra mile a day, one could lose 20lbs in a year. Losing weight does not need to be complicated. Crazy diets are not necessary. Small changes in caloric intake and increases in activity on a daily basis will lead to significant weight loss over time.

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

One thought on “Calories and Weight Loss”

  1. Thanks for the guidelines shared in your blog. Something also important I would like to talk about is that fat loss is not exactly about going on a fad diet and trying to get rid of as much weight as you can in a set period of time. The most effective way to lose weight naturally is by acquiring it slowly and following some basic guidelines which can help you to make the most out of your attempt to lose fat. You may understand and be following these tips, but reinforcing awareness never hurts.

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