Wednesday, 26 March 2008

loosing kilos

An article in Nature claims the old wisdom that to loose a pound (roughly 0.5 kg) you need to burn 3500 calories (shouldn't that be kilocalories?) more than your intake. Then they make the case that less obese people need to burn less calories to loose the same amount of weight. I've been calculating my intake at around 1500 kcal/day, where the normal intake should be 2500 kcal/day. This gives me a ~1000 kcal/day deficit, or ~7000 kcal/week. This should equate to loosing about a kilo every week. And whaddya guess? Since I started the diet I've lost on average 1 kilo per week. It seems the old wisdom does hold true (for me, at least). UPDATE: I've just checked the original article in the Int. Journal of Obesity and they do indeed mention 3500 kilocalories (32.2 MJ kg-1)

1 comment:

Vincent said...

Don't over do yourself. You want to loose fat, not muscle! Are you also exercising a bit?