I have read countless books on diet and nutrition over the years and have tried every fad diet known to mankind. What has always worked for me couldn’t be any easier, calories in versus calories out. I’m sure we are all familiar with that phrase and it truly is that simple.

For the average human being it all boils down to this, how many calories does your body need while at rest? Otherwise known as your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR. To find out what your BMR is go to calculator.net and enter your gender, age, height, and weight, from there it will calculate how many calories you need just to function. Say for instance your body requires 1,700 calories a day to live and you are eating on average of 2,000 calories a day. Without exercise to negate those calories, you will gain weight.

Now if you decide to go to the gym while consuming 2,000 calories and burn 500 of those doing weight training or cardio, you will lose weight. I am not saying you will lose weight overnight but with consistency, you will. One pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories so you may want to rethink that slice of pizza. In fact, it would take a 150-pound person 32 minutes of running a vigorous pace to burn off one slice and that’s without the pepperoni! I have done some research on a few activities that may help you burn some of those calories.

Based on the weight of a 150-pound person:

  • 1 hr of running a 10 min mile burns 675 cal.
  • 1 hr on a stationary bike with a light pace 375 cal.
  • 1 hr of circuit training 540 cal.

There are other activities that do not require the gym but require a partner. I thought this was interesting because a lot of people have a misconception on how many calories are burned during sex, not a lot as you can see.

Based on the weight of a 150-pound person:

  • 15 minutes of sex 72 cal.
  • 30 minutes of oral sex 100 cal.
  • 15 minutes of kissing 17 cal.

With summer quickly approaching I am encouraging everyone to know what their BMR is and choose at least one activity I have listed, and of course, get out there and burn some calories! Burn Baby Burn!


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