If you don’t know, you really don’t know anything. So, here are some things I know about how much calories you burn in a day without exercise:
First, and most important, is the fact that your body burns calories when you exercise. So, if you walk 20 miles, your body goes through the processes of burning about 20,000 calories in that hour’s worth of walking. This can be the difference between being skinny and obese. The key is to get enough walk in your day, not only to burn calories but also to keep your heart and your kidneys going.
Once you know this fact, you can then figure out how many calories your body needs for health. That number is based on the difference between your maximum weight and your body fat percentage. If you weigh 140 or 150 pounds, your body fat is about 20 percent. At this point, your body needs about 1,500 calories a day. This is about the same as the average male. That means you will need to eat at least 2,000 to stay healthy.
That number is also called your calorie deficit or “ceiling”. When the body is able to burn more calories in an hour than it burns as a total over the rest of the day, your body can continue the process until your body actually is breaking down stored fat as a source of energy. By doing this, you will end up burning fewer calories in order to stay healthy.
On the other hand, you will end up burning more, so you have to reduce your caloric intake as well as your caloric expenditure. How does this work? It works similar to the way we control blood glucose levels in order to make sure we don’t have too much of it or too little of it. Our body will start to burn what is called your carbohydrate tolerance. If you are eating carbohydrates, your body is able to burn this so it does not have to store more.
This is a huge factor in balancing your caloric needs and your energy expenditure, since this can make up about 75 percent of your daily energy requirement. If you are cutting down to about 10,000 calories and losing about half your body weight, then the carbohydrate tolerance will be at its highest and you will burn more calories overall.
But on the other hand, if the carbohydrate tolerance is at its lowest and your calorie burning is at it’s lowest, then you will also use less of your body’s fat stores as energy. This is called your body’s energy expenditure. It is