Did you know, the more you weigh the more calories you burn per minute? This is one reason so many people have such a hard time reaching their goal weight. They start off on a steady stream of weight loss, but as the weeks and months pass, that steady stream begins to diminish to the point where you feel like you’re no longer losing anything. This is where most people become frustrated and give up.
The trick is, knowing you will have to gradually increase your exercise activity in order to burn the same amount of calories you were in the beginning. You’re probably thinking, “I can barely do the exercises I do now, let alone increase the intensity”, but remember as you lose weight, and become more fit you are also increasing your muscle mass and endurance making physical activity that was once difficult, a lot easier.
To lose weight you need to create a deficit in your daily calorie intake. By cutting back 500 calories a day you will lose a pound a week. This can actually be very simple. For example, cutting back one coffee drink from Starbucks can save you between 300-500 calories and a 30 minute workout on an elliptical for a person 160-200 lb. will burn 250-400 calories (the duration of your favorite sitcom).
There are also many ways to burn extra calories during daily activities, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing a little extra cleaning around the house, taking the dog for a walk, or even cleaning your car. You can even keep track of your daily calories burned with a “health band also known as Activity Tracker“. A calorie tracker can accurately track the calories you burn each day. They’re small and discreet enough to tuck under clothing so you can wear all day.
To really utilize your calorie tracker, take a few days and track your normal daily activities so you can see how many calories you actually burn during a typical day. Once you have an approx. number, add an extra 500-1,000, and try and meet that goal everyday. This paired with a healthy diet is an easy way to lose weight fast.
Now that you know simple and easy ways to burn calories fast, there is one more thing you need to know in order to successfully lose weight and keep it off. Pace yourself! Trying to cut back too many calories too fast will only create deprivation causing you to binge. Start off cutting back only 250-350 calories first, working your way up to 500.