Because all 2500 calories consumed get burned by your body. There is no surplus and there is no deficit. It’s even.However, if you make your body burn additional calories each day through some form of exercise, there would then be a caloric deficit.
A caloric deficit = weight loss.
Staying with the same example, if you consume 2500 calories per day, and you naturally burn 2500 calories per day, you maintain your current weight. If you then burn an additional 500 calories through exercise, a caloric deficit is created. Just like the deficit created if you consumed 500 fewer calories, the same deficit is created by burning 500 additional calories. Either way, a caloric deficit then exists… which means the One Fact is happening… which means weight loss will happen.
Either way, a caloric deficit then exists… which means the One Fact is happening… which means weight loss will happen.
- Consume fewer Calories AND Burn More Calories (Diet & Exercise)
In my personal opinion (and the opinion of practically every qualified expert), the best way of making the One Fact happen is a combination of both consuming fewer calories AND burning more calories.
Studies have shown that people who utilize both diet and exercise were more often able to maintain their weight loss long term than those who did one or the other. Doing both is also more beneficial from a general health standpoint as well. If you’re the type of person who just wants a clear-cut answer, here it comes… do both.
Figuring Out How Many Calories To Consume Per Day To Lose Weight
Ready to make weight loss happen? Good, because that’s what we’re about to do. Now that you have a good estimate of your daily calorie maintenance level, it’s time for the fun part. Let’s call this first part “The One Fact Experiment” and the second part “The One Fact Adjustment”. Remember, your goal here is making the One Fact happen, which means being below your maintenance level. To do this, it’s going to require a fairly simple 3 step experiment…
The One Fact Experiment
- Start eating your estimated calorie maintenance level amount each day, every day. Be as consistent as you can. If your maintenance level was 2500 calories, and you eat 2459 or 2527, don’t worry. Just get as close to 2500 (or whatever your estimated number was) as you can, and eat this same number of calories every single day. (Obviously, you can use a Calorie Counter to look up how many calories are in your food. Of course, if a food lists the calorie content right there on the package, you can just use that instead.)
- Do this for a week or two (or three).
- Weigh yourself first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) about once per week.
Once you do the above 3 steps, it’s just a matter of evaluating your results from the experiment and then adjusting until the One Fact happens.