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Calorie deficit: What is it about and how it can help you lose weight

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Health experts say that to lose weight, you have to be in a calorie deficit. But what exactly is meant by that?

Your body will be in a calorie deficit when you consume fewer calories than your body uses. Being in a constant calorie deficit will result in weight loss.

This is as opposed to taking in more calories in your body, which results in weight gain. You call this calorie surplus.

A calorie deficit of 500 every day would result in weight loss. And, this is why you should learn how to calculate your calorie intake every day.

Tedious, yes, but worthwhile in the end. And, there are also calorie calculators that you can use to help you keep track of your calorie intake.

According to Healthline, daily calorie intake for men should be 1,500 and 1,200 for women. Thus, to be in a calorie deficit, men should have just 1,000 calories per day while the women should strive for 700.

Aside from your diet, you can also put your body in a calorie deficit by exercising. However, it would be easier to do it by calculating your calorie intake rather than calculating how many calories you have burned. Since all of us respond differently to things, you can choose whichever way you want.

Mind you, a healthy diet and daily exercise could not only make you lose weight faster, but it could also keep you from regaining the weight you have shed off.

A few tips on how you can regulate your calorie intake include knowing how many calories you can get from a certain food.

For example, a gram of carbohydrates and protein will yield four calories, while a gram of fat will yield nine calories. This basic knowledge could help you plan out your meals and snacks. Sometimes, mindless buying of food is what increases our calorie intake.

Another tip would be to avoid sugary drinks. Your soda, fruit juices even those energy drinks will give you so many calories. Drink less of alcohol as well as these drinks are also high in calories. And, avoid putting cream and sugar in your coffee too.

Limiting your intake of highly processed food would be of great help, and this can't be said enough. Processed food is high on sodium, fat, and sugar, so if you avoid these kinds of food, you not only lessen your calorie intake, but you also make your body healthier.

It would also be better if you cook your own meals because this way, you know what food you are exactly taking into your body. Takeout food is rarely healthy, as well.

Image credit courtesy of Mike Mozart/Flickr

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