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Calories to Lose Weight: the Lowdown

Sometimes eating less on a diet is more harmful to your body and the goal of losing weight.

Calories to Lose Weight: the Lowdown

We’ve all heard that you need to burn a certain amount of calories to lose weight, but how does it work and what is a calorie?

Calories: what exactly are they?

Different foods contain different amounts of energy—which is why a small piece of chocolate can have many more calories than a similarly sized piece of lettuce.

A person's caloric need is determined using a variety of mathematical equations. Age, height, current weight and desired weight are taken into account. Diet is what you eat. Dieting usually refers to eating fewer calories to lose weight.

Generally, if you want to burn calories to lose weight, you should burn 500 more calories than you eat every day for a week. If you do this, you’ll lose 1-2 pounds a week.

The calories we consume either get turned into fat or physical energy. If you consume more calories than you are burning off, you’ll gain weight.

How do I consume calories to LOSE weight?

Well, we’re glad you asked. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are the types of nutrients that contain calories and are the main energy sources for your body. The calories you eat from these types of foods will remain stored in your body as fat unless you use them up, either by reducing your calorie intake so your body must draw on reserves for energy, or by increasing your physical activity so that you burn more calories.

This is why exercise should be paired with healthy eating to lose weight—but that doesn’t mean you should be a bona fide body builder right away. Keep it simple and work your way up. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

BistroMD can help you consume calories to lose weight

We here at bistroMD believe in health and healthy eating to lose weight. We are built on the foundation of healthy weight loss that is based on real science and the unique knowledge that food is medicine. We will never ask you to count calories or restrict the foods you eat.

Our program was developed by Dr. Cederquist, a bariatric physician with over 20 years of experience and our registered dieticians who developed these nutritional requirements for healthy and long-term weight loss.

Lack of time puts calorie counts out of line

One of the biggest diet mistakes is thinking you have enough time to go to the grocery store, select healthy recipes and cook delicious meals at home.

Some nights you’ll be too tired to cook. Some nights, if you can’t make it to the grocery store, you won’t have anything but junk food to eat and you’ll consume more calories than you should. This can turn into a vicious cycle if you’re not careful so let us help you by delivering healthy, nutritionally balanced meals straight to your door. You’ll avoid the stress of having to go to the store and cook healthy meals every night and you’ll also lose weight, the healthy way—with delicious entrees. It doesn’t get any better than that.

We have a men and a women’s program with the option to receive five-or-seven-days’ worth of healthy meals delivered to your door. The seven day option comes with the My Night feature, your one freebie a week.

The two programs range from $130-$160 and EATS, our essential and tasty snacks are just $1.50 per snack. Women receive two snacks per day and men receive three snacks per day.