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How to Stop Being Fat

I admit, I've gotten a bit chubby over the years. Each day I've eaten just a bit more than I need, and each day I get just a little bit bigger. Just a little. Every day. Times years or decades....that's when you start to have a problem. It's horribly unhealthy...and let's face it, it's no boost to the confidence to have that extra weight. Plus...admit it, you feel heavy and tired all the time. Time to fix it.

Let's start with some info from this excellent "">How Stuff Works article.

--->As a general rule the human body burns 12 calories per pound (of your weight) per day AT REST. That means if you're laying in bed doing absolutely nothing, your body burns ABOUT 12 calories per pound per day.

So if you weigh 200 pounds, your body burns about 2400 calories (12 * 200) every single day, AT REST. If you exercise, it burns more. But at very minimum it's going to burn 2400 calories just to keep you alive.

--->Meanwhile, each pound of fat equals about 3500 calories. And, incidentally, each pound of fat is about the same size as a 1 pound box of butter.

So let's say you weigh 200 pounds and your calorie needs to maintain your weight is 2400 calories. But every day, you just a little bit more than that without exercising. Every day, instead of eating 2400 calories, you eat 2450 calories each day. One extra cookie.

50 calories per day, divided by 3500 calories (in a pound) is 70. That means, if you eat 50 more calories per day than you need, you will gain an extra pound every 70 days. Or about 5 pounds per year. Or about 50 pounds in a decade.

You can see how this easily adds up.

But the opposite is also true. If you eat just 50 calories LESS every day you'll LOSE a pound every 70 days. If you just eat 2350 calories instead of 2400.

...but you can ALSO do exactly the same thing by exercising just a little bit every day. You can eat 2400 calories, but do five minutes of push ups every morning, or take a walk around the block., and there's where you'll undo that extra 50 calories per day.

But of course you want to lose more than that. Maybe create a deficit of 200 calories per day or 400, then you're losing just about a pound per week.

Ultimately, the only effective way to lose weight is to create a calorie deficit
Either eat less, exercise more, or both. There is no other way.

There's really no magic way to do it. At the end of the day, it comes down to math. If you imagine you're going to be losing five pounds in a week, consider what would be required to do that...

If you want to lose an insane amount of weight in a short time, like five pounds per week, or 20 pounds in a month, you will have to create a calorie deficit of 70,000 calories for the whole month, or a calorie deficit of about 2333 calories EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Not likely to happen without passing out. And not healthy.

Free Tools that will Help you Lose Weight

I have been using free online calorie counting tools to help me lose weight and it has helped a lot. I use Calorie Count. It's a free online tool used for counting daily calories. I've had such good luck with my method this time I wanted to let all you folks out there know about it as well.

I have found that after an extensive period of using the software, I tend to just get used to knowing what my proper portions are throughout the day.

Of course, if I stop counting calories, after a few months I'm back to my usual weight gain.