Caloric Deficit for Weight Loss: Everything You Need To Know

Caloric Deficit for Weight Loss: Everything You Need To Know
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Calories are a measurement of the energy contained in food. The calories in food are burned off by your body as it performs various functions, such as breathing and thinking. Most people know that a calorie is a unit of energy that can be used for heat or work.

A calorie deficit is a state in which the amount of energy you consume is less than the amount of energy your body uses. This can help with weight loss, but it’s not the only way to lose weight.

The key is to create a calorie deficit by eating less food or burning more calories through exercise. The idea behind this strategy is that you’ll use up more calories than you consume and lose weight as a result.

There are two ways to create a calorie deficit:
  • Eat fewer calories from food and beverages than your body needs. This method involves cutting back on portion sizes, reducing snacks, skipping meals and/or adding exercise to burn more calories than you take in through food and beverages.

How to do it? Increase your physical activity. It’s easy to cut out 500 calories per day by getting off the couch and walking around the block during commercial breaks!

  • Burn more calories than you take in by exercising more often, at higher intensities or for longer durations of time.

How to do it? Reduce your portion sizes. This will help you eat less without really thinking about it. Just remember that if you’re eating mostly healthy foods, there’s no need to worry about cutting back on calories or losing weight. You should just focus on eating more whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins like fish or chicken breast instead of processed foods like packaged snacks or cookies made with white flour or white sugar.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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