If you are reading this and thinking to yourself what does a real estate agent know about weight loss and fitness, I get it. That is a valid question. I have been involved in fitness for almost 30 years. At one time, I was a certified personal trainer. Fitness has and always will be a part of my life and I very much enjoy teaching others about fitness which is why when I got into real estate, I promised myself to pay it forward and keep helping and empowering others when it comes to fitness, health and wellness. While I have a lot of knowledge about real estate, I also have an immense amount of knowledge about fitness, health and wellness and want to share that on my real estate website.
Here’s my simple approach to weight loss…
Step One- I find out what my Basal Metabolic Rate is. The Basal Metabolic Rate is how many calories your body burns each day just to stay alive while doing nothing. While there is no real way to accurately get this number (there are online calculators that can give you and approximate number) I just take my body weight and multiply it by 10 or 11. For me, this is pretty accurate.
Step Two- Create a caloric deficit of about 500 calories per day (through exercise and eating less) five days per week. Then, on the next two days, I bump my caloric intake back up 500 calories (or whatever amount of deficit I was in for five days). This is called the zig zag approach.
Day One- Caloric Deficit
Day Two- Caloric Deficit
Day Three- Caloric Deficit
Day Four- Caloric Deficit
Day Five- Caloric Deficit
Day Six- No Caloric Deficit (BMR/Basal Metabolic Rate)
Day Seven- No Caloric Deficit (BMR/Basal Metabolic Rate)
I do the zig zag approach because our bodies are super intelligent. If we lower our calories for too long, our body will adapt, and lower our basal metabolic rate (the number of calories we need daily just to sustain life). So, by being in a caloric deficit for 5 out of 7 days we lose weight, but don’t drive down our basal metabolic rate. Essentially, I am trying to trick the body into not stalling my weight loss.
Step Three- I try my best to track my caloric intake. If you want to lose weight, you need to be in a caloric deficit, and to be in a deficit, you need to know how many calories you are eating in a day.
Step Four- I don’t do crash diets or fad diets like Keto, low carb and all the other fad diets out on the market because not matter what, the only way to lose weight is to create a caloric deficit by eating less and exercising.
Step Five- I eat in moderation. I don’t exclude foods for food groups from my diet.