Losing weight is never easy, especially if you have a desk job. And if you’re a lazy, couch potato, your weight loss goal will always take a back seat. Since eating can greatly affect how you lose weight if you live a sedentary lifestyle, how many calories do you need per day so you can start shedding some pounds?
The Number of Calories
It depends on the following factors:
- Activity Level
If you’re, say:
- Your current weight is 120 pounds
- And you’re 30 years old
You need to eat up to 1,358 calories a day (estimate) so you can start shedding some pounds.
The shorter, the heavier, the older you are, the fewer calories you must take in.
But you can increase the number of calories you need a day if you also increase your activity level.
What You Must Eat
It really doesn’t matter what you eat a day as long as you stick to the recommended daily calories for your height, weight, age and activity level.
As weight loss experts always say, losing weight is about eating less but exercising more.
But if you’re forced to consume 1,200 calories a day, you need to throw away the junk and fast foods that you have in your fridge.
However, if you’re one of those lucky ones who can stick to a diet of just eating snickers bars and you’re not tempted to eat more than 1,200 calories a day, you’d lose weight.
But can you stick to such diet? Not really.
On the other hand, can you eat anything and still lose weight as long as you eat the right amount of calories?
The answer is “yes.”
However, if you’re eating mostly bad foods that’ll get you even hungrier, you’d surely eat more and gain weight.
Does It Matter When You Eat?
You can eat anything and it doesn’t matter when you eat as long as you adhere to the right amount of calories based on those factors.
If you can’t control your cravings, experts do recommend eating up to 6 small meals a day.
Eating smaller meals can help stabilize your blood sugar levels preventing you to get too hungry.
For example, if you want to eat every three hours, you may consume tiny amount of 169 to 221 calories a meal.
And don’t forget to drink at least 60 ounces of water.
You’ll lose weight as long as you’re consuming the recommended daily calories for your age, weight, height and activity level.
How to Lose Faster?
You’ll lose even faster when you eat the daily recommended calories and keep a food journal.
The Importance of a Food Journal
The example of 1331 calories is a good estimate of how much calories you should eat to finally get rid of those extra pounds.
But it’s easy to lose track of how much you’re eating each day.
A food journal will help you keep track of what you’re eating. There are several food journals that you can download on your smartphone, tablet or desktop/laptop. Among our favorites are My Calorie Counter, MyFitnessPal and Calorie Counter.
Of course, you need to sweat out.
That is, exercise more.
If you don’t want to work out after work, you can have your morning exercise.
And you have to find a workout routine that you love.
It’s the one that it won’t make you feel that exercising is a chore. It must be something that you’re excited to do every day.
Too Long, Didn’t Read
You can eat anything and still lose weight as long as you stick to the recommended daily calorie intake for your height, weight, age and activity level.