Ever wonder how long it takes to lose just one pound?
It’s hard to believe that a deficit of 3500 calories=one pound.
It takes a minimum of 3-4 days to lose one pound, but generally it is going to take 5-6 days, if you cut around 700 calories a day (Which is a considerable change).
It is pretty difficult to think about losing a pound, strictly from just working out. That would mean a major cardio day at the gym...to reach a 700 calorie burn.
The most effective means to losing a pound is combing exercise and a healthy, low calorie diet.
According to the American Council on Exercise, losing weight and keeping it off-requires a standard amount of exercise per day. Even moderately intense exercise can truly make a difference. Such activities as: walking the dog, mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, taking the stairs, or just dancing. All of these activities give a nice added calorie burn, that needs to be considered.
Focusing on solely the weight loss, will be a means to an end. The weight will eventually come back.
Try to focus more on:
making healthy life changes that can be maintained.
Explore new activities that make you happy and can still be considered “exercise”.
Find some healthy meals that still taste good, so you will want to cook them more often.
Stock your fridge with things that will fuel your body and mind.
Start consciously thinking about what you are putting in your body and the calories will naturally be cut down. The pounds will start to come off, organically and not forcefully.
Don't forget about strength training! It will increase muscle mass and your metabolism, so you'll burn more calories, even when you aren't exercising. Try to fit in at least two strength-training workouts per week, including a number of exercises to target all major muscle groups.
Focusing just on the numbers on the scale each day can be draining. Think about incorporating small, healthy decisions each day.
Make some personal wellness goals and the weight loss will soon follow!
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