A common question that I get when ladies start the SLIMQUICK program is how many calories that they should be consuming daily. This is a loaded question because the answer can be simplistic, but it is by no means a one-size-fits all answer. The short answer is that the SLIMQUICK Mix and Match Diet plan has been designed on a 1300 – 1400 calorie a day plan. Now, this calorie count will ensure that you reach your goals while on SLIMQUICK – but it is not the only strategy available to you.
You can see my post about the amount of calories you burn in a day here.
Now it is not so simple as “Oh I ate 800 calories, I’ll just burn it off speed walking or running etc.” I wish it was. The problem with this type of mentality is the idea of calories themselves.
What is a calorie anyways?
A calorie is a unit of energy. Specifically it is the amount of energy that it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius. But really, the most important takeaway fact is that a a calorie represents energy. If you exceed the amount of calories that your body requires in a day, then you will gain weight.
It takes an excess of 3500 calories to gain 1 pound of fat. That being said, if you overeat by 500 calories every day – in a week you may gain a pound. The reverse can be considered true as well, but it can be a little more complicated.
Eating far below what your body requires to function in a day can actually have a negative effect on weight loss. Most adult bodies require between 1000 – 1400 calories a day just to function, so eating dramatically below this amount can actually cause your body to store fat.A great strategy when trying to eat under your calorie intake is to be strategic about what foods you consume. Vegetables will fill you up and do not have a lot of calories, whereas things like oil (butter) do not fill you up and actually can be quite costly when it comes to your calories.