What is your body’s energy balance and why is it important to weight loss?
Most of us understand that our weight management depends on the balance between the amounts of energy (food and drink) we put into our bodies versus the amount of energy we expend or get rid of through activity and exercise.
Calories Eaten – Calories Used = Calories Stored.
Energy taken in as food and drink, but not used by the body, must be stored.
Fat is where the body stores most excess energy. Therefore, for weight loss to occur, we must use more energy than we take in and create a negative energy balance ( or Calorie Deficeit).
Most people know that they have to eat less and exercise more to create a negative energy balance – but somehow it all seems a lot more complicated. For permanent weight loss to be achieved we need to look at, and understand, the energy balance of our body in more detail.
WHAT FACTORS INFLUENCE YOUR ENERGY BALANCE?
Energy intake: Calories eaten.
- You will put on weight if you consume more calores than you burn off.
- The nutritional value of the food you eat affects your energy balance, because not all foods contain the same amount of energy.
Energy expenditure: Calories used.
- Your Basal Metabolism is the rate at which you burn calories while keeping your body working normally at rest. Lean muscle, genetics, hormones and exercise levels determine your metabolism. You can find out your Basal Metabolic Rate on this website by going to the top of the page and clicking on the BMR tab and entering your personal details.
- Thermogenesis is a variety of processes that expend energy through heat production, such as digesting a meal.
- Physical activity is the most important component of energy expenditure, as far as weight loss is concerned. This is because YOU control how much you exercise. How much you exercise isn’t determined by things out of your control, like genetics. How much you exercise is determines by you. It is all under your control. If you want to feel fit and strong and look toned and terrific….it has a lot to do with making the effort to exercise!
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Yours in Health,