A pound of fat is 3500 calories. If you eat 500 calories less than you burn every day, then after a week (7 * 500 = 3500) you will have lost a pound of fat.
As a fitness professional and a health and wellness coach, I know that calories matter. Fundamentally, human body weight is controlled by energy balance—calories in vs. calories out.
It is hard to to keep up on a daily calorie count. There are easier ways to watch what you eat without using a calorie counter. Using your hand to visually understand how much of each food group you should eat will work just as well if not better.
- Your palm determines your protein portions – both in thickness and area size
- Your fist determines your veggie portions
- Your cupped hand determines your carb portions
- Your thumb determines your fat portions