Not many of us would be aware of the fact that for every pound of stored body fat there are approximately 3500 calories. So, if you are able to create a 3500 deficit either through exercise or diet you should be able to lose a pound of fat.
You should also keep in mind that these 3500 calories consists of 75% fat and the balance 25% is made up of leas tissue. So, if you lose two pounds it means that you would have got rid of 7000 calories and so on.
Calorie Intake To Lose Weight!
Though on a theoretical level it is possible to reduce weight either by diet or by exercise alone, it has generally been found that combining both of them scientifically is the best way to lose weight and continue this process over a long term period. Mere dieting can at best give you temporary results and cannot be sustained over the long term.
You should also keep in mind that if you are really serious about shedding those extra pounds, you must begin with a goal of reducing your diet intake by at least 500 calories.
But it should not exceed 1000 calories because this will certainly make you weak and you will stop it earlier than later. Many renowned sports medicine institutions do not recommend any reduction of calorie intake beyond 1200.
It would be also not a bad idea to go in for linking your calorie reduction to your current body weight and your targeted body weight. The best starting point would be to reduce calorie intake by 15 to 20% at the maximum level. You can increase it as your progress along your final weight loss goal.
Having a realistic approach to weight loss and calorie reduction is important to maintain it in the long term.