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2013: The Year You Lose The Weight!!! (Part One)

I have been inspired.

 The 2nd part of my interview with my friend Keshia was all about weight loss. If you missed it here is the link for it. I strongly encourage you to read it (and then come back to this article).  If you have never made a commitment to lose weight to start out your new year, 2013 needs to be the year you make it happen. 

 Most people won’t do it because they have either seen or heard friends and family members try and (unfortunately) fail at completing their weight loss goals. I realize this can be quite discouraging and may cause you to not commit for fear of failure. Don’t let this happen to you. Every journey requires a definite starting point. 

 You want to lose the weight. You CAN lose the weight. You want to lose your holiday belly fat, but you’re not sure how to start.  How does one pound at a time sound?

There are approximately 3,500 calories in one pound of fat. In theory, if you cut back or work off just 3,500 calories, you may lose up to an entire pound of fat! It is entirely possible to cut back on your caloric intake and increase your exercise regimen in order to lose pounds quickly. 

Please note that physicians almost unanimously agree that you should strive to lose no more than two pounds of weight per week in order to ensure that your body properly adjusts to the weight loss.

Here are a couple tips to help you safely drop 3,500 calories or 1 pound of weight from your regular routine:

·  Running---for the health of it

Running for about 1 hour at a moderate pace may help you lose approximately 350 calories, depending on your body type, speed and terrain.  If you run for one hour five days a week while maintaining a consistent diet, you may safely lose one pound.

It's important to note that many runners will eat pasta and other foods high in carbohydrates after running in order to compensate for their energy exertion. Some runners believe that because they worked out so hard, they deserve a treat. After all, they justify, the pasta will help to keep their energy levels high.

However, what they may not realize is that while they are justified in thinking that the carbohydrates will infuse their workout routine with energy, they are not actually setting their bodies up to lose weight. When you burn 350 calories but intake 450 over a high-carbohydrate pasta dish, you are adding more calories to your body than you otherwise would have.

Running does, however, help to boost our metabolism and enhances muscle tone so that our bodies burn calories more efficiently. However, instead of inhaling a pasta dish after a run, try a large salad and splurge for the carbohydrate-rich croutons.

These are just a handful of ideas that I am sharing with you to help you on your way. 

What do you do to help lose the unwanted pounds?

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2much2much said…
Wow! lots of great info, Kurt!! I never knew that one pound of fat could contain 3500 calories. I know that its easy to eat that amount of calories, but burning it off? I don't know if just running can get you the results you are talking about. I mean what about other forms of exercise like jumping rope or cycling. Activities that can raise your heart rate while burning fat can only help, but I know that you did present this as a series so maybe we'll see some other forms of fat burning techniques.
Kurt M said…
Thanks for commenting 2much2much!

I appreciate your participation. Yes, the average amount of calories contained in a pound of fat is approximately 3,500 calories. To put it in perspective, a 10 pound fat loss is approximately 35,000 calories (astounding, huh ?).

I totally agree with you about alternative ways you mentioned of shedding the pounds. If I may add a few more: boxing, resistance training, yoga, nearly anything aerobic, dancing, power walking, sensible detoxification methods, etc. These are all proven & effective ways to control & sustain weight loss. However, an article series that long may not appeal to everyone (although, I may have to run a reader poll on this subject to confirm that theory).

At any rate, I do have plans in the future to explore other health/alternative medicine-related series that may be a bit more involved.

Thanks again for your comment!
Nathan Freitag said…
Great article Kurt! Very informative and concise. I like the way you broke down weight loss goals into easy to understand numbers. 3500 calories is obtainable and easier to understand than the traditional "inches" or even pounds methods. I'm going to share this article with a few friends of mine who are having a hard time trying to lose weight.
Kurt M said…
Thank you for commenting, Nathan!

I appreciate it. As I was explaining to 2much2much, an easy to understand number can actually help you almost as much as the actual process of weight loss. In short, caloric intake can affect your weight as well as your appearance.

If you can understand how to change your thinking about how you lose weight from inches & pounds to simpler numerical values, you can achieve the same (or even better) results as using the traditional methods. I know that it helped me & maybe someone else may benefit as well.

Thanks again for your comment!

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