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July 22, 2008

Counting Calories Can Be Effective Weight Loss Method

Many people who are not obese are experiencing health issues like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Often times people who are not overweight believe that they are doing well health wise. The truth is, you don’t have to be overweight to be unhealthy.

Sujit Bhatacharya a man from Texas found this out the hard way. While he was only 193 pounds he started to feel sluggish and could barely bend over and tie his shoes. In 2006 the doctor told him he had high cholesterol. The fear of getting fat and losing his health in the process made him make healthy changes in his life.

He was motivated to start counting cholesterol numbers and the amount of calories he ate in a day. 3,500 calories must be consumed to gain a pound. With that knowledge he started to make sure that he was eating 1,500 calories a day. He had six small meals opposed to the three large ones that many of us do. Over the course of his weight loss Sujit lost a pound every three days or so. That averages out to one to two pounds a week, which is a healthy weight loss rate.

I see a lot of people that want to lose three or four pounds a week. It is important to understand that weight loss is a process takes time, as it should. Losing too much too soon is not a good idea. Most people that have very large weight losses over a short amount of time generally gain it all back.

Fruits and vegetables should make of a large portion of the meals that are eaten. The fiber that is present in fruits, vegetables and whole grain pastas will assist in keeping you fuller longer. Exercise is also essential to losing weight. For those that are opposed to working out I suggest walking. It is free, simple and can be done just about anywhere. Including at home in front of the television. Walk in place at home when the weather is not optimum.

Sujit has lost 40 pounds doing these very simple things. He also feels much better and is not plagued by colds and infections clear up quicker now. The body functions much better when you take good care of it. When you are getting all of the nutrients that the body needs your overall health will be much better. You will have more energy and be much healthier than when you were not mindful of what you were eating.

Making lifestyle changes is never easy. However, once you have reached the weight you want to maintain you can increase the calories that you are eating. There is an amount of food that will allow you to stay at the weight of your choice. Of course, you will need to maintain the healthy menu that you have been eating. Eating weight maintenance calories that are comprised of junk food will not keep you at the weight you want for long. Stick with the healthy options.

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  1. Food Diary | Jul 22, 2008 | Reply

    An online food diary makes it really easy to count calories. A good one will tell you exactly how many calories you need based on your current weight and your goal weight, and it will do all the math for you. All you have to do is log what you’ve eaten. My favorite free system for this is at NutriMirror.com.

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