So you’re saying, okay, that really doesn’t sound like much, especially if you’re more than say 25 pounds overweight. Studies have shown that those people who lose weight on a gradual basis – at a rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week, are more than likely to keep that weight off, and maintain that normal weight for a lifetime.
How many calories exactly is 500 calories? If you’re wanting to reduce your daily food intake by that many calories, it then helps to know what exactly you need to cut out.
Here is a plan on how easy it is to lose 500 to 1000 calories a day:
* Skip using real butter on your baked potato. Savings? 100 calories
* Drink flavored water instead of a 10-16 ounce can of soda. Savings? 200 calories
* Skip that ‘Big Mac’ and have a salad instead. A Big Mac has a whopping 460 calories. A fresh salad with light dressing? Less than 100 calories! Savings? 360 calories
* Pass on those bag of potato chips. An average size bag of chips contains over 300 calories. Savings? 300 calories
* Eat fresh corn still on the ear. 1 cup of canned corn contains 165 calories. An single ear of corn (minimal butter or salt) has 85. Savings? 80 calories.
* Switch to cream cheese with low-fat for your bagel. Savings? 90 calories per ounce.
* Love those french fried potatoes and can’t give them up? Then exchange those skinny fries out for the really thick ones. Thin fries absorb less oil than the thicker ones. Savings? 50 calories per every 4 ounce serving
This is why an important food intake diet plan is recommended
Lose Weight By Exercising
* Take a 30 minute walk around your neighborhood or the park. Aim for a walking pace that’s moderately faster than a stroll, but not fast enough so you will become breathless. Burn: 160 calories every 30 minutes
* Get out your trusty bike and go take a ride. Make sure you hit a few hills and try aiming for about five miles in total. Burn: 250 calories
* Lets All Go Dancing – and really DANCE. The longer you’re out on the dance floor doing you’re John Travolta, instead of sitting at the table drinking those high-calorie drinks, the better you will feel. Doing those dance moves that leaves you a little breathless will net you a nice calorie reduction. Burn: 400 calories for one hour of dancing
* Swimming is great, and you will have a lot of fun too. The water resistance on your body and muscles means you burn more calories, while simultaneously avoiding the stress impact on your joints from dancing, aerobics or walking. Do a few laps every day at a slow crawl – try getting you stamina up to an hour. Burn: 510 calories
* Get outdoors into your garden. An hour of active gardening that includes bending, a bit of digging and stretching can burn as many calories as a brisk walk. Burn: 250 calories.
* Go out and play tennis. Meet with a friend for a semi-weekly game of tennis and you’ll benefit at the difference. Playing just 1 hour of tennis is one of the best calorie burners out there. Burn: 800 calories per hour
Now keep in mind that all the exercise calorie burning numbers are based on a woman that weighs around 130 pounds. If you weigh a tad more, you will then obviously burn a bit more.
If you are wanting an added bonus to burning more calories through exercise? When you work out, you automatically get better tone by converting fat into muscle. The good news, your body naturally uses a lot more energy to maintain and feed muscles than it does fat.
So to get the best results, try mixing and matching your food calorie savings with exercising that burn calories. But keep in mind that when you eat less than 1000 calories per day, for more than 3 or more days, that will automatically convince your body that it’s starving, and will slow your metabolism and thus store fat. Keep your calorie intake ranges reasonable, and consult a dietitian or doctor if you want a quicker, more drastic weight loss.