“Do Calories Really Matter for My Team?”

Find a caloric needs calculator on the Internet and figure out how many calories you burn every day!

Yes! Understanding the importance of calories is as simple as understanding one important fact:

There are 3,500 calories on every pound of fat. For each pound you want to lose, you have to burn 3,500 more calories than you eat.

If you eat 3,500 calories today, and also burn 3,500, that means you haven’t gained or lost any weight today. Now, let’s suppose you wanted to lose one pound per week. You’d have to burn 3,500 more calories each week than you eat. Since there are seven days in a week, you’d have to burn 500 more calories every day than you eat. So, if you burn 2,200 calories every day (typical for a 40-year-old active woman who weighs 150 pounds), then you’d probably want to limit your calorie intake to 1,700 calories a day.

If you’re not losing weight, it means that either you’re eating too much, or burning too little.

That’s it!

So, find a daily caloric needs calculator (Google: “caloric needs calculator”) on the Internet and figure out how many calories you burn every day!  Then, try to make your calorie intake smaller than the number of calories you burn.

TIP:  The trick is to cut out a few calories here and there.  You are more likely to stick to tiny changes (we call them “simple swaps”), and simple swaps can be highly effective!

C’mon team! Let’s get healthy!

See you next week!

—Marty, the HealthyWage Coach


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