Yesterday we introduced the subject of choosing a diet and we said the basic three criteria for choosing a weight loss diet, is first, can you lose weight on the diet. Second, is it sustainable? And third, is it healthy?
Let’s look at the idea of can you lose weight on the diet? The whole purpose of a weight-loss diet is to lose a certain amount of weight while still being able to eat something. That seems a fairly simple concept. If the diet is for weight loss, then by going on that diet you will lose weight. Hold it a minute, not so fast. To lose weight, the body must have a deficiency of calories each day.
On our website there is a calculator for BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate and the dictionary describes it as the minimal rate of energy expenditure per unit time by warm-blooded animals at rest. This calculator takes into account weight, age, height, and gender. For me it is 1983.17. This is the minimum rate such as just sitting on the couch, and any additional exercise will raise that number up. That number is to maintain your present weight.
Let me continue that thought tomorrow.