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Why Total Calories AREN’T The Most Important Factor For Fat Loss

There are a few absolutes in the world that we live in.

  1. Death.

  2. Taxes.

  3. You need to be in a caloric deficit to burn fat.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term caloric deficit, it simply means that in order to burn fat, you need to consume less (or burn more) calories than what’s necessary to maintain your current weight.

Now everyone will have a different daily caloric intake to maintain their ideal weight based on age, gender, and activity level. Take me for example. I am 175lbs, 29 years old (for another 2 months at least), and am pretty active on a daily basis. In order to maintain my weight, I need to consume around 2700 calories per day. However, if I wanted to lose weight, I would need to eat less than 2700 calories. That would put me in a caloric deficit.

(And to get an idea of how many calories YOU need, click this link)