Or, well, not quite that simple. She also said we have to know what our daily base caloric rate is –how many calories we burn a day just by existing. Here’s the formula to figure that out:
655 + (4.3 x weight in lbs.) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years)
The last step is to factor in your activity level.
Sedentary – Multiply your result by 1.1
Lightly Active – Multiply your result by 1.2
Moderately Active – Multiply you result by 1.3
Very active – Multiply your result by 1.4
And that is your base caloric rate.
Keeping in mind that its not recommended that you consume less than 1200 calories a day, you can break your goals down with math.
Say your base caloric rate is 1700. You can diet down to 1200, cutting 500 calories a day (500 x 7 days in the week is 3500 – yay!!) to lose one pound a week. Want to lose two pounds a week? You’ll have to burn that other 3500 calories off in exercise!
What do you think? Is weight loss really just about the numbers?