Calories In v/s Calories Out Explained


So, as you may or may not already know. I’ve wanted to lose weight for essentially my whole life but didn’t really know how. And I’m learning all these things now that I never really knew / understood before, that I thought it would be great to share, because if you could learn these things earlier in your life than I did, perhaps you can stop yourself from being at a weight you’re not entirely comfortable with to begin with.

Now, this may seem like old news / pretty basic knowledge / obvious stuff / child’s play to some of you. But to be honest I only learned this very recently and I do believe that it makes so much of a difference.

Like the rest of you, I’ve read health and fitness secrets of celebrities and bloggers in magazines when sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s. One of the tips I read was ‘The most important thing about weight loss is that the calories in need to be less than the calories out.” Or, in other words, the amount of calories you eat everyday needs to be less than the calories you’re burning everyday.

That was a major WTF moment for me. “How is that even possible?” I thought. I go to the gym and kill myself to burn 500 calories a workout, but every health website / doctor, etc. says you should be eating a minimum of 1200-1400 calories a day. To be able to burn that off, I’d practically have to either starve myself or live in the gym! That’s insane and this whole weight loss thing is just pointless.

It wasn’t until a year or two later that I realized that isn’t how it works at all! I was on a long 6k dog walk with James and asked him to check his Apple watch to see how many calories we had burned on our workout and he said something crazy like 1500 calories. Which to me seemed impossible and I may have asked him to chuck his watch in the river. But he clarified saying those weren’t his ‘active calories’ but the calories he had burned so far that day. Um, what?

He went on to explain that the human body burns a certain amount of calories everyday, just by doing things like breathing, your organs functioning, and sitting on the sofa vegetating. And that your ‘active calories’ are calories you burn in addition to this with physical activity. Interesting stuff!

So I went on to research it a little bit, and it turns out that the ‘high metabolism’ that skinny people sometimes brag about is actually your body’s BMR which stands for ‘basal metabolic rate’. Or in other words, the amount of calories your body burns doing absolutely nothing noteworthy whatsoever.

Calculating your BMR is easy. Just use an online calculator to covert your weight from kg or stone into pounds and then multiply it by 11. My current weight is 11st 10.5lbs or 75kg, which means my weight in pounds is about 164. Multiply that by 11 and you get 1804. This is the amount of calories my body burns just by being alive. Any calories I burn in addition to this are bonus.

So, the secret is, if you’re eating about 1400 calories a day and your BMR is 1800, chances are, you’re going to lose weight anyway as your calories in are less than your calories out. Eat a little less than that or pack a workout in to burn off some additional calories, and you’ll get even better results that week.

But the good news is – you can not exercise and still lose weight just by counting your calories because your body is amazing and does most of the work for you anyway! Woohoo! Just another reason to show yourself some lurve. Go ahead, you deserve it!

{Image Credit: Brunette From Wall Street}


1 Comment

  1. May 8, 2017 / 8:10 am

    I’m loving these kinda blogs, they are so encouraging for a girl like me struggling with weight issues.
    I’m also a budding blogger.
    Do check my blogs
    & youtube channel @DreamCatcherBee

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Anushka Moore is an almost-thirty-something blogger who moved across the world when the love she met on Tinder put a ring on it. She now lives in Manchester with her husband and her two little Poodle-cross fur children.

Her day job includes running her own social media content company and is the founder of popular Instagram account, Midsize Collective.

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