What does it take to burn it off?

Weight loss…it seems that we women have to on top of everything else, keep up with ourselves and that starts with our health. I decided after giving birth to my last and third child that once I go and get the ok from my doctor to start exercising and getting back in shape I was going to do just that. It seemed that after my first son I took the old advice “It takes 9 months to gain it, so at least give it 9 months to lose it” I took that in stride…in so much stride. I actually took 9 months to look at the mirror and realized that getting up to 198 pounds 9 months pregnant and only naturally lost about 25 I was really overweight, almost obese for my height. So it took me another year to lose another 20 pounds just to get pregnant again. I lost a little faster that time, but still struggled and you guess it…pregnant again. I felt hopeless; I knew that I would have to go through the weight loss roll coaster all over again. I decided that it was up to me, to truly work towards my goal. You heard it…WORK. It is work indeed to lose weight and even harder to MAINTAIN your goal weight. My goal weight is 130 and at 5’1 ½ it is a weight that I have never been in my adult life. Currently at 140 (with a weight loss of 32 pounds since January 2013) many people come to me saying… “How did you do it?” and I wish I can say it’s easy, but it’s not…it’s in a word challenging, yet it is truly a simple science. You must burn what you consume or reduce your caloric intake base upon how much weight you want to lose. Many people simply don’t know how many calories a pound is, Approximately 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat, so that means you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose 1 pound. So if you cut 500 calories from your diet each day, you’d lose about 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). Because of changes that occur in the body over time, however, calories may need to be decreased further to continue weight loss. That means the more you lose the less you will be able to consume in order to lose actually lose weight.
But the truth of the matter is while physical activity is important your DIET has a stronger effect on weight loss. In fact physical activity, including exercise, has a stronger effect in preventing weight gain and maintaining weight loss.
So when thinking about losing weight you must know everything that you put in your mouth. Track, track, and track what you eat. It may seem tedious at first but once you start you will eventually get the hang of it. In this wonderful world of technology we have so many programs and apps free or otherwise to help us do those things such as “Lose It” a free tracking app (and there are many more) and programs like “Weight Watchers” and the online program “Spark People”. These programs help you first and foremost know and be accountable for the calories you consume. Honestly watching those calories is the first and most important choice when concerning weight loss.
So when you finally know what you eat you’ll start to ask yourself is that really worth eating? When you think about what it will take to burn it off, many times to know the crazy high calories (and fat) we would choose a healthier version (not a totally different) just healthier. Just so you can have a small idea of what exactly it takes to burn, here are some interesting lists of what it takes.

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Super mom, Creator of getitmom.com
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