I just read that if you cut 500 calories a day from your diet, you'll lose weight. Also, a healthy weight to take off is up to 2 pounds per week. That sounds about right to me - does it work for everyone?
Out of curiousity, is it really that bad to lose 3 pounds a week?
Cutting 500 calories a day can definitely work. A pound is 3500 calories so as soon as you are at a deficit of 3500 relative to input, you lose a pound. At 500 calories a day that is one pound a week. Before you think that isn't a lot, it is also 52 pounds a year! Three pounds a week sounds like a pretty hefty pace long term. How much weight do you have to lose? If you have a LOT of weight to lose you will probably lose a lot per week at first, but as you get closer to goal weight three pounds a week sounds like too much. What do the rest of you think? Any Pros want to throw in their two cents?
500 calories sounds like a couple of snacks and perhaps a smaller portion of one of your meals. Sounds like something most of us should be able to sacrifice. I say, for the average American, a healthy thing to do.
500 calories sounds like a lot, but when you think about it, as Natalie said, it's a little here and a little there. I'm not an expert, but I don't think losing 3 pounds a week is bad... it think 5 pounds and up is a little too much.
it depends on your body type and weight. you should look up the range of calories for that, plus your age. and just because you drop the calories, you have to remember- it's still what you put in your mouth - if you eat nothing but crap, it's not going to work.
You spend nutritional currency on eating and you earn extra dough (no pun intended :-)) by increasing activity and metabolism. If you are already "in balance" than cutting 500 calories a day is probably too much. If you are already way overspending, than cutting out only 500 calories may result in minimal results. The basic concept, however, is really good. By cutting out just a few snacks and empty calories that don't even affect hunger, you can often make enormous changes in your overall weight management efforts.