What Is calorie Deficit?
Ladies, please understand that the energy you get from food and the energy that your body stores is basically expended on three bodily functions:
1. Digestion: The body utilises 10 to 15 per cent of calories from the food you eat to burn it and produce energy. Medical science calls this the thermic effect of food (TEF) and the amount of calories utilised for this process usually depends on what you’ve eaten.
2. Basic metabolic functions: From breathing to sending signals to different parts of your body, even the most basic functions in your body need energy to go on. In this case, the number of calories utilised depends on how fast your metabolism is. Needless to say, the faster that it is, the better it would be if you want to lose weight.
3. Physical activity: Obviously, you need the energy to exercise and to even perform basic movements like sitting, standing, and walking. The leftover calories from food help you to do just that.
“A calorie deficit happens by either eating fewer calories than your body needs to perform these functions or by burning more calories through exercise or a combination of both,” explains dietitian Deepika Dua Arora, co-founder of Mutation Diet Clinic.
“When you create a calorie deficit, your body will dig into your fat stores for the extra energy it needs. When you burn up your fat stores, you lose weight,” she adds.