5 Pounds of Fat
5 Pounds of Fat One pound of fat is equivalent to about 35 bananas, 35 tablespoons of Nutella, 29 glasses of white wine, or 2.6 Big Mac trios (large). They don’t all contain a pound of fat, they only represent the caloric value of a pound of fat!
I know what you’re thinking: you’d never eat 35 bananas at a time or 35 tablespoons of Nutella (unless you’re having a hard day!). The point is not to shock you. It’s just a way to help you visualize what a pound of fat is and show you that the little things end up adding up. Twenty-nine glasses of wine in a month is quite normal for a lot of people. Imagine if you cut it all in half. After a year, you would have lost 6 pounds of fat (unless you replace those calories with another source).
Let’s say you want to lose 5 pounds of fat, which equals 17,500 calories. It’s good. Want to lose them in three months? Okay. That means 5833 calories per month or 1423 calories per week and about 203 calories per day. You follow? If you decrease your intake by 203 calories per day, you will lose your 5 pounds of fat. Simple, isn’t it?
Easy to understand, but not that easy to accomplish. My advice is to see the target loss on a weekly basis rather than daily because you will have good days and bad days. Don’t stress about it, go one week at a time!
Also to read: What is intermittent fasting?
Source: Rob Allen , Physical Education graduate from Concordia University with a specialization in athlete therapy. Also CrossFit L1 certified, TRX and FMS (Functional Movement System) trainer. Along with the importance of nutrition, he also holds a Nutrition Coach Certificate from Precision Nutrition.