The Old Formula to Weight Loss May Not Work

Posted 07/12/2012 | By HealthCorps

For everyone, that is. When you talk about weight loss, the formula most people use is to create a calorie deficit of 3500/week to lose one pound. So eat 500 calorie less a day, or exercise and burn calories and eat less for a total deficit are the usual choices people would make to drop pounds. But experts now know that as you begin to lose weight, your RMR or resting metabolic rate drops. The term refers to the amount of calories you burn at rest or when not actively moving, and it decreases because your body interprets dieting as a deprived state. So your body struggles to “maintain weight” by dropping the RMR.

The net result is a slowing down of weight loss, even if you are calculating the 3500 calorie deficit accurately. Don’t despair- just do different exercises and challenge your body so that it continues to struggle to meet the energy needs of your exercise efforts. Also allow a bit more time for weight loss, after an initial significant amount of weight has been shed.

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