A Pound of Flesh
To lose weight you need to burn stored calories or reduce calorie intake. Since 500 g (1lb) of body fat is equivalent to 3,500 calories, you need to burn calories through physical activity and/or reduce the number of calories you eat for a total of 3,500 in order to lose 500g (1lb) of fat.
Do You Need to Lose Weight?
The amount of body fat you carry may be more significant than your weight alone. The body mass index (BMI) assesses whether you hold too much body fat in relation to your height. It is calculated as follows:
BMI = weight in kilograms / height in meters squared
BMI = (weight in pounds x 700) / height in inches squared
For women, a BMI between 19 and 24 is normal, while the range for men is between 20 and 25. A BMI between 24/25 and 30 is considered overweight. Anyone with a BMI above 30 is considered obese.
Visible Results of Fat Loss:
- Smoother Skin
- Change in body shape
- Feeling of being less heavy