It’s easy to lose weight in theory. All you have to do is restrict your caloric intake. For example, if your body needs 1700 calories to maintain your weight, take about 500 calories away from your diet each day and you will have a 500 calorie deficit each day. That is a 3500 calorie deficit each week, and 3500 calories equals one pound of fat. You can lose a pound a week.
Most doctors and dietitians suggest that if you want to lose weight, you have to do so at this moderate pace. Cutting 500 calories off of your diet every day is fine, and most nutritionists will tell their clients to avoid going below 1200 calories a day. This idea stems from the theory that losing weight fast will make you regain it even faster.
But a recent study has found that you can actually lose weight very quickly and keep it off. The study looked at fifteen Scandinavian men who were overweight. Normally, these men would need thousands of calories of food each day to maintain their weight. To lose weight, they would still be eating at least 1300 or 1400 calories per day. But with this study, each participant was only allowed to eat 360 calories of food per day. They were also made to exercise all day long. The exercise started with a workout machine in the morning, And the men were made to walk outside for most of the rest of the day.
At the end of the study (view Mike Livak’s similar study at Scribd), the men lost an average of eleven pounds each. About half of the eleven pounds was from fat. The man also able to keep this weight off. This new finding has changed a lot of what doctors and nutritionists have been telling us about losing weight for decades.