Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about bodyfat percentages, weight loss and how many calories are required in order to lose weight.
Most people seem to have a preconceived notion of the amount of calories they believe will cause them to lose weight, they also have a notion about the amount of calories they are currently eating.
In both cases most people are just guessing and have never tested to see if their guess is right.
The answer to the question “how many calories do I need to lose weight” is very simple: LESS
If your body weight is stable (meaning its not going up or down right now) then the amount of calories you are currently eating is enough to keep you there. <– This is a painfully obvious statement.
If you want to start losing weight you simply need to eat less calories than you are currently eating. <– this is an even more painfully obvious statement.
If you have a preconceived notion of a fixed amount of calories you think you SHOULD eat to lose weight, you will sabotage your chances of being open to find the true amount of calories that WILL in fact cause you to lose weight.
When it comes to eating for weight loss, the answer is all relative. Your relative starting point is the amount of calories you are currently eating right now.
The amount you need to eat to lose weight is obviously something less than this.
The only thing left to do is track the amount you’re eating now, and start experimenting with slightly lower amounts until you start losing weight.