Food: Why The Best Weight Loss Strategy Starts With Understanding Metabolism (2 of 3)

Greetings friends!

In our first article of this series we talked about how we can relate our weight loss goals to a journey – like a road trip – and how to be successful we must to know about our bodies.  Or in keeping with the example, we need to “learn how to operate our car” before we can hit the gas and look forward to arriving at a skinnier, healthier body.

So, let’s review a few key points from our last conversation and then seek to understand why BMR is so important.

1.  Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is a calculation that tells you how many calories your body requires each day.  In my mind, it helps when I think of reading my BMR like reading the gas gauge in a car.

2.  Just like filling up your car’s gas tank isn’t a guessing game, getting just the right amount of food every day shouldn’t be either.  Your BMR calculation ends the guessing game for the most part.

Has it hit you in the gut yet?  Have you figured out why this concept, why your BMR number (also thought of as your daily calorie requirement) is so important?  I’m sure you have.  This information is crucial because any amount of food less than your daily calorie requirement (less than your BMR) will result in real weight loss.  Any amount of food more than your daily calorie requirement (more than your BMR) will result in real weight gain.

It’s that simple folks.  If you want to lose weight you have to consistently eat less than your BMR number (aka. create a calorie deficit).  Just like ignoring your map on a road trip, if you don’t know your BMR number you can’t seriously expect to easily reach your final destination and lose weight consistently.  Said another way, if you don’t know BMR, care about BMR, or want to follow your BMR then you’re basically planning to wing it, to possibly fail, and to surely spin in circles like the Tea Cup ride at Disneyland.  Get my point?  Trust me; you don’t want to be tall enough to take this ride!

I can hear your gears grinding in the background.  Screeching even!  Am I suggesting that you now have to start counting calories and journaling what you eat each day?  Well, that’s one way to make sure your eating less than your daily calorie requirement.  But check out the third installment of this series and see how to easily find your BMR and start using this valuable information.  Remember, this “BMR-thing” allowed me to beat childhood obesity while the principles behind it have helped me maintain a very healthy, balanced weight for over fifteen years.  I’ve never been a big calorie counter either.  Once you get serious and start paying attention to what your body needs, good habits easily follow – I promise!

Until next time,

Doug

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