A simple calculation

Motivation 101

Published on 28 September 2013
by Guy Bourgeois

This month, even though I talk about figures, I promise it will be motivating. Deep down, when you think about it, weight loss, or gain, is not that complicated. It is simply a question of counting CALORIES.

To achieve your daily bodily functions and go about a normal day’s chores, an average height and age person needs:

  • 1 800 calories per day for women;
  • 2 350 calories per day for men.

Of course, those figures can vary from one person to the next; I suggest you ask your Énergie Cardio trainer. It could be higher if you are young (less than 30 years old), that you are particularly tall, and that your job is physically demanding or, if you train a lot. It can also be lower if you are over 50 years old, or if you are a lot shorter than average.

Another figure to remember: to lose a pound, you need to burn off 3 500 calories. To gain a pound, you need to intake 3 500 calories.

Let’s recap. If you eat 500 calories a day less and burn off 500 calories a day, you will have a deficit of 1000 calories a day. If you do this seven days out of even, you will burn off 7000 calories per week, which represents a loss of 2 pounds.

Remember those figures; they will forever change the way you see the way you eat. They represent your body’s energetic balance. You only need to make that calculation on a daily basis, that’s all there is to it!

Some of you will say: “I’m not going to calculate my daily calories intake for the rest of my life!” As you wish, but your body does count all that comes in…

And that is the way I lost 80 lbs. in 2005.
Your turn now!

Guy Bourgeois
Motivator, speaker and co-author of the Kilo Cardio 1 and 2 books