Ask yourself: Why do you lose weight when you are sick?!! All you do is lie in bed. No exercise but still, you lose weight. That’s because you restrict your calorie intake and hey your body’s is in “heat”, making you sweat – release a lot of energy (calories).
Intake vs Output
Weight loss is all about managing those calories. Calories coming in (food) vs calories going out (everything you do including sleeping etc). To help you make sense of the relationship between calories: 7700 calories is equal to 1kg of body weight. So if you eat 7700 calories less than what your body needs, you will lose 1kg. Same can be said about exercise – burn 7700 extra calories and you will lose 1kg as well. Do both (diet and exercise) and hey that combination of 7700 x 2 is now 2kg. Makes sense? Sure it does.
Dieting Vs Exercise?
Diets and exercise all help you to manage calories. Diets typically restrict calories where as exercise increases your calorie output. As I mentioned in the example above, both help you to lose or manage your weight but you don’t necessarily need both. What is important is that you understand the role that dieting and exercise plays.
Exercise does not “really” burn fat. Exercise burns calories but so does walking, sleeping, working. Everything burns calories. Yes, fats are calories but so are protein and carbohydrates.
So How Exactly Do You Lose Weight Without Exercise?
Calorie Requirement: You need to know your daily calorie requirement. This depends on your age, weight, height, sex and yes your level of activity.
Current Calorie Intake: Look at your current food and drink intake for a day and list down its calories. (Head on over to Cekodok.com for help)
Compare the two and make sure your calorie intake IS NOT higher than your calorie requirement.