Energy Gap Narrows Weight Gain

Considering the volumes of diet paperbacks on sale at any bookstore, there's no shortage of theories you can test to try and lose weight. Scientific commentary published in November's Journal of the American Dietetic Association gives you yet another alternative.

The term Energy Gap refers to the estimated change in energy balance required to lose or maintain weight. Energy balance, of course, is the difference between calories consumed by eating or drinking and the calories expended during physical activity. If you've lost weight, it's estimated that preventing weight regain involves a 100-150 calorie/day Energy Gap. To keep losing weight, the Energy Gap is estimated at 200-300 calories/day.

The Bigger Picture: As restrictive as the Energy Gap theory appears to be, it's really very flexible. To hit your 200 calories per day target, you can reduce food consumption by 200 calories every day, burn 200 calories in effort at the gym or do a combination of both. Even more freeing is the fact that you can cut calorie consumption one day and exercise more then next. That way you're less likely to fall into a diet rut.
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