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How To Calculate A Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss | Nutritionist Explains | Myprotein

How To Calculate A Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss | Nutritionist Explains | Myprotein

What is a calorie deficit and how do you go about calculating one? Our expert nutritionist explains all.

When it comes to losing weight, there are hundreds of different diets and exercise plans out there, all claiming to be the magic solution. But when it comes down to it, the one essential thing you need to shed those pounds is, in theory, incredibly simple — and that’s achieving a calorie deficit.

But what actually is a calorie deficit and how do you calculate one?

That’s where qualified nutritionist and PhD researcher, Richie Kirwan, comes in with all the science-backed facts to make your fitness journey easier. Find out everything you need to know about calorie deficits right here.

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  1. How will you measure success on the weight scale if your lifting weights in the gym and putting on dense muscle weight?

    Your losing some fat but gaining muscle so how will success be measured for such people?

  2. Man, I get so insanely hungry and get so tired working out and cutting calories. I can keep a calory deficit for 4 days but binge for 2 days. I prefer to just keep eating what I normally eat and work out because that works for me and reduce calories as I get fitter and weigh less. It doesn't seem to make sense but I can't be on a diet. I'm a vegetarian and vegetarian food digests fast lol. I just added more fresh fruits and vegetables and added branflakes into my diet instead of the boxed vegetarian foods. I don't cut out the rice but have reduced bread because theres very little left to eat for me if I leave these staples out.. I prefer not to count calories because it makes me miserable and I feel deprived. I prefer to just take a common sense approach and can tell if I'm over eating. It works for me although I understand why a strict diet is necessary in specific circumstances.

  3. It's also extremely important to understand that while it's true that a caloric deficit is needed to lose weight it's also true that what you eat in a caloric deficit will have the same impact on weight loss. For example, if someone is only eating 1500 calories of pizza a day they will not lose weight/fat the same way someone else does by eating 1500 calories of only ground turkey – of course, it's a hypothetical situation but true nonetheless. People over-prioritize # of calories without giving the same attention to WHAT they're actually eating. One could follow a 2,000 calorie/day diet of just low-GI grains, lean proteins, vegetables, and fruits and they will lose fat.

    Just wanted to make that clear because I see some overthink the # of calories they should be eating. Like the difference between eating 1500 and 1800 calories is minuscule, at that point, I'd be more attentive to what you're doing with those calories.

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