This is a question that many dieters have often wondered about. As a basic rule of thumb when you cut down about 3500 calories over the course of a week you can lose a pound of weight. This means that you need to cut out, or use an addiitonal 500 calories per day. Since the average person needs about 2000 calories per day, if you cut it to 1500 you should be able to lose a pound a week. While that may not seem like much, over the course of a year that works out to nearly 50 lbs. of weight loss.
Start By Dieting
Reducing your calorie intake by 25% can be a challenge. But reducing it by 10% to 15% is quite a bit easier. By simply eliminating most of the junk food you are eating and replacing it with healthy food you can probably easily reach this goal. Make sure that you are eating lots of lean protein, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Also make sure that you are drinking lots of water and avoiding sugary beverages such as sodas and energy drinks.
Use Exercise To Your Advantage
Once you have reached half of your calorie deficit goal by dieting, you can easily reach the other half by exercising. Just a few days a week of moderate exercise can burn hundreds of calories per workout. To simplify things you can do a moderate workout, such as a brisk walk, and you will burn a few hundred calories. By taking this type of approach you won’t have to kill yourself at the gym, or starve yourself on a diet. Instead a moderate combination of the two will help you to reach your weight loss goals.