Okay, let’s get through this one quickly….its a rather simple concept and I am in a crunch for time so forgive me if I seem hasty.
Google’s dictionary search tool defines Basal Metabolic Rate as:
(noun) The rate at which the body uses energy while at rest to keep vital functions going, such as breathing and keeping warm.
Now let’s break this down to applicable knowledge:
Energy comes into the body via calories, therefore the body must have calories to perform vital functions, as well as everything else it has to do throughout the day. (Working, walking, showering, etc….)
Your Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of calories (energy!) that your body would burn if you were to spend the entire day laying on your couch. (I don’t even know anyone that does that!)
And you may be surprised to learn that a person’s BMR is well over 1,000 calories in almost every single case. You can use Discovery Health’s BMR Calulator Tool to get a general idea of your own BMR if you want to.
Extremely restricted-calorie diets, those of less than 1,000-1,200 calories per day, are almost always very unhealthy and will not likely work for long-term weightloss or lifestyle change. Do not subscribe to such nonsense unless for some serious health reason, your doctor advises you to do so. (And even then, a second opinion might be wise.)
These crazy 500-calorie-a-day diets that you see floating around are just nonsense and are probably more aimed at getting you to purchase some sort of “miracle product” that goes with it. Even if you happen to use medically-guided stimulant weightloss, you still need calories, you still need energy to function. Trying to get by with anything less than what your body actually needs to survive is probably going to end up being counter-productive.
If your body is not getting the number of calories it needs on a daily basis, several unfortunate things may begin to take place. For instance, blood sugar levels could become very unstable, your body could start to burn its muscle tissue for fuel and save the fat as a survival mechanism because it thinks its starving, and you may ultimately start binging, which is typically followed by terrible guilt and feelings of failure…
Why would anyone want to fall into these traps? Focus the effort and attention on learning how to improve your everyday choices and living a healthier lifestyle. Otherwise, you are doing nothing but damaging your overall health, while setting yourself up for failure, and likely gaining all your lost pounds right back as soon as the “diet” is over.
STOP THE MADNESS.
Accept that dropping the pounds, getting in shape, decreasing body fat, increasing muscle tone, looking better naked, and feeling good about yourself requires WORK!!
You have to actually learn something and apply what you learn to your life in such a way that it sticks, in a way that you can use it! Ask someone for help! Reach out, try to find ways to improve your life, health, and fitness for the long-term.
There are resources out there for EVERYONE so to claim ignorance at this point is to admit an outright unwillingness to learn!
Now I apologize in advance because its about to get a little harsh up in here so if you have your sensitive-shirt on today, consider yourself advised. I just can’t watch this silliness anymore…
~Stop being LAZY and start MAKING AN EFFORT!
~Stop thinking you can just starve yourself to a hot-body.
~Stop paying good money for dumb crap or subscribing to nonsense ideas!
~Turn off the Desperate Housewives of Whatever and get some exercise! Take a walk, do some push-ups, run in place, jump rope, buy a workout video, I mean whatever suits your fancy, just move your body!
~Properly FUEL your body with quality nutrition. If you aren’t a good eater right now, then find methods to start being one! If you hate vegetables, then find a good way to supplement the nutrition you get from them. There ARE options for that! If you have a big pot-belly because you drink every night, then start changing that habit and see what happens from there. Try eating less crap and more goodness. Explore the plethora of information out there available to show you how small changes made one at a time can transform your entire life! Just stop falling into these absurd diet traps and focus on making real changes.
Eat well. Exercise daily.
Laugh often. Breathe slowly.
Love without limits.
Beleive me, if you can just focus on that kind of stuff,
You can change EVERYTHING about your life!
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