Calories in, calories out. We are all familiar with this saying. But do we really know what this means and how it relates to our weight?
Many believe that if you eat less calories, you will automatically lose weight. And so they start on a ‘diet’ and what that means for most, is to cut calories. But it really isn’t about calorie cutting being the sole answer. This is just the simple part.
What if I were to tell you that you burn calories just by existing? At the very root of all of us is that fundamental knowledge, but yet we don’t take that into consideration when it comes to losing weight. Think about what the first question is that someone asks you if you have lost weight and they are looking for an answer for them to start losing weight? How many calories do you have a day? But just as we are individuals in our weight distribution, so are we in our caloric intake.
For over fifteen years I thought it was all about the calories. That is why I lost a great deal of weight and then ended up regaining some of it back over the years. I finally realized it isn’t just about the calories and once I did that, everything started to fall into place. I was trying to fit into the standard guideline of eating 1,400 calories a day, but it wasn’t working for me anymore.
When you limit your calories too low, your body will hold on to every bit of fat you have. You need to find the right balance for yourself, not what is thought of as universal. I just started wearing a device that tracks my calories expended and then I in turn, log in my food intake and it equates the two for me. It was pretty interesting when someone I know asked what that was and I said, oh, let’s see. I burned 1,286 calories so far today. Doing what? She asked. I simply stating, breathing.
So often we view calories as something to look at only when eating and when exercising. It goes so much beyond that. Expand your mind and be open to the fact that calories are what is needed for us to merely exist. Then maybe you can free yourself from being a slave those numbers. When used in conjunction with all things considered, calories input and expenditure can be the greatest tool in your toolbox to lose weight and maintain it.
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