How much should you eat?

“Is it true that the less I eat, the faster I’ll lose weight?”

Maybe… and only up to a certain point. The goal isn’t to get you to lose weight as quickly as possible. The goal is to get you to lose body fat (not just weight) in a sustainable, permanent fashion.

Why?

Because starving yourself for a month-long “diet” only to return to old habits right after doesn’t help anybody.

So, I do NOT recommend you go on a diet.  A diet implies a temporary change to lose weight quickly, until you return to an unhealthy “normal life,” at which point you’ll put all of the weight right back on and have to repeat the cycle. Instead, we are going to make permanent changes to our lifestyle, moving the bar and adjusting what “normal” means to you.

Depending on your level of activity and body composition, your daily caloric needs will be different for every person… but here’s a broad range for an average human trying to eat an acceptable amount:

Men: 1800-2200 calories
Women: 1600-2000 calories

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Bill Pec is a personal trainer located in Portland, Oregon.  He offers one-on-one exclusive personal training out of his fully equipped studio.