Losing Weight: A Meticulous Calculation for Great Results!
To lose weight, all that is necessary is to create an energy imbalance (see the article The Mathematical Explanation of Weight Loss), i.e., to spend more calories than we eat. But this deficit should not be too important, or we might adversely affect the results. If we do not eat enough, we feel like we are starving and we don’t have enough energy to complete our workouts in an efficient manner, without mentioning an increased feeling of tiredness at the end of the day and the frustrating calling of forbidden food! In short, calculating the amount of calories we should eat and the amount we should spend during our workout is a meticulous task that constantly needs adjustments to find the perfect imbalance.
One thing is for sure, a healthy weight loss represents about 1 to 3 pounds a week. Some people might lose more in the beginning, especially if the necessary adjustments are important when compared with their old habits. We also often see a more impressive weight loss when the total amount of weight that has to be lost is higher. It is important to understand that many elements influence weight loss rhythm, and that many adjustments might be needed throughout the process.
I cite for example the participants of the I’m Taking Charge 2 challenge, who are in the beginning of their second month of training and eating healthy. For the great majority of them, the first month allowed their personal trainer and nutritionist to test the suggested nutrition plan and the intensity of the prescribed workouts. They made adjustments according to the results and the comments of the participants regarding their levels of energy and hunger. If you are currently in the process of losing weight, listen to your body and aim for a healthy weight loss. Also, surround yourself with specialists who will be able to guide and motivate you!
By Karine Larose