When trying to lose weight, most people immediately begin to cut calories from their diet. While trimming down your calories is typically a good way to lose weight, you should always use a weight loss calculator to determine exactly how many calories you should eat per day according to your size, goals and lifestyle. Following a weight loss calculator will help you stay on track with your weight loss goals while also keeping you safe during your diet.
As you begin researching weight loss calculator tools to help you along your weight loss journey, keep in mind a few tips on how to reach your ideal weight in a safe manner.
Consult a fitness coach.
Everyone’s body operates differently, and it’s important to follow a personalized weight loss calculator based on your goals, lifestyle and medical history. Certain metabolic conditions, such as PCOS, can alter the way the body burns calories. It’s important to talk to a nutritionist to create a weight loss plan that fits your lifestyle holistically, rather than just a general calorie calculator based on age and weight. A nutritionist can create a custom meal plan and give fitness advice to help you achieve your weight loss goals, and also hold you accountable for your progress.
Look beyond the calories.
Weight loss calculators typically only look at the amount of calories you consume and the amount of weight you want to lose. In order to lose weight and keep it off, you need to look at your nutritional intake from a more holistic perspective. An apple that has 100 calories will not have the same effect on your body as a candy bar that has 100 calories. You also need to consider what type of fats you are eating, as well as how much sugar and carbs you are consuming throughout the day. Again, this is where a personalized nutrition plan can help you hit your weight loss goals so you can maintain a healthy diet while losing weight.
Don’t forget to count your calories burned.
Maybe we should have put this point first because a lot of people miss this. When you use a weight loss calculator to tell you how many calories to eat, you should always add in the calories you burn from exercise. Here’s an example: if your weight loss calculator says you need to eat 1,500 calories per day, and you burn 500 calories per day, you are only actually netting 1,000 calories per day. Some people may get excited at that, thinking the smaller amount of calories means faster weight loss. And this may be true for the first week or two. But consuming significantly lower calories than recommended is very dangerous and – on top of threatening your health – can actually deter any weight loss. If you consume too few calories, your body will go into survival mode and store the few calories you are eating, causing you to plateau your weight loss journey.
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