When you are using a food journal to get healthier you have many of the tools that you need to put your plans and dreams into immediate effect. A body needs to burn 3500 calories in order to lose 1 pound of fat. That may seem like a lot, but itâ€™s essentially just 500 calories per day over a weekâ€™s time. By combining a reduction in your calorie intake with an increase in your exercise or activity level, you can reach those goals easily. Since your body burns a set amount of calories per day just to live, all you need to do is eat 500 calories fewer than the combination of what your body burns naturally and what you burn through exercise to lose 1 pound per week.
An exercise tracker is provided with your online journal for this very reason. If your basal metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories that your body burns naturally, is 1700 calories per day, and you eat 1500 calories per day, you simply have to engage in an extra 300 calories worth of exercise to meet the goal. This can be achieved through all sorts of different and fun activities, and doesnâ€™t necessarily mean that you have to spend hours at the gym every day.
With your weight loss journal tracking both your calorie and your exercise goals, it has the ability to adjust on the fly. You can also balance your exercise regimen to fit into a week, so that maybe you have a specific activity that burns lots of calories that you do 3 days a week, and you walk for 20 minutes every day as well. This is a low stress way of burning the calories that you need to create a deficit without feeling like you must work out every single day, which can lead to burnout.
A mobile calorie tracker is great for these purposes because you can log your activities and your calorie intake on the fly. As long as you are meeting your weekly calorie and exercise goals, you can lose weight and get healthier at the same time. While you could lose weight simply through calorie reduction, adding exercise into the mix can really ease the burden and make your journey into a healthier lifestyle painless and fun.