If you are like most Americans, you are overweight.  If you are like me, you have struggled with your weight for years.  Do you know what you need to do?  Do you know how many calories to eat?  I came across some helpful information I thought I would share with my readers.

We know that to lose weight you must create a negative deficit of 3500 calories for every pound.  You can do this by eating less each day, exercising more, or doing both.  But, how many calories do you need to eat to stay your current weight? 

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Alright, so we figured that part out…. so, how do you go about losing weight?  You create a calorie deficit, right?  You can do this by burning 500 more calories a day, eating 500 calories less a day, or doing a combination of both.

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So, I encourage you to sit down today and make a plan.  Don’t change everything all at once.  Make small, simple changes over time.  Create yourself a chart to record your caloric intake– or use the one below.  Make a list to remind yourself of why you want to lose weight.  Put motivational quotes and pictures on your fridge.  Take it slowly and do it one step at a time.

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If you need help with meal planning, I encourage you to check out eMeals.  They offer several different types of eating plans–from classic to gourmet– geared toward healthier eating and saving money.  We all could use some of that!  My family and I have recently began using eMeals and we love it!  Everything is laid out for you each day and they provide grocery list that you can print out!  Super cool!   My readers can use the code newyear to save 15%!  And, tell them I sent you!

 

Please keep in mind, I am not a medical professional.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  Do not mistake these comments for medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before beginning any weight loss plan or exercise plan.  Pictures and information used with permission from eMeals.com.