Every week, someone always asks, “How do I burn this fat and what is it going to take?”  Isagenix products are certainly a fantastic tool for helping you reach your goals, but knowing how your body functions is equally important in attaining your health and fitness goals.

The first thing to take into consideration is “How many calories are you putting in and how many are you burning off”  Knowing what your basal metabolic rate (the amount of calories needed to maintain your bodily functions and lean mass) is important to know, then you need to expend calories above and beyond that number to burn the fat.

If your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is 2,000 calories per day and you eat 2,500 calories a day, you now are burning and extra 500 calories a day and 3,500 calories per week. Here’s the math…..

2000 cal -2500 cal = -500 per day burned

-500 x 7 days = -3500 cal per week burned

-3500 cal burned = 1lb of fat burned

The accepted rule of thumb is that the body can lose one pound for every 3,500 calories burned.  This is a simple matter of science: If you weighed a pound of fat and burned it in a controlled lab setting, it would release 3,500 calories of energy. However, this process works a little bit differently in your body.  Factors such as your age, fitness level and nutritional level can have an effect on how many calories you have to burn to release that pound of fat.  People that can metabolize fat efficiently may release a pound of fat for every 3000 calories burned.  Others may require 4,000+ calories of expended energy to lose the same pound.

So our metabolisms can be the wildcard sometimes.  What we know about our body’s metabolisms is that we can do things to help them be more efficient.  Flooding the body with trace minerals and balanced nutrients is key to proper body function, including how our livers metabolize fat.   So what is a proper nutrient ratio to aim for?  A 40-30-30 ratio of carbs, proteins, and essential fats will help your body “Nutritionally Rebalance”.

The average of 3,500 calories can be used for your nutritional calculations.  If you decrease your caloric intake, increase your nutritient intake and increase your activity, you will lose fat.  The difficulty is in eating less food with higher nutritional content.  What we have found is that utilizing Isagenix IsaLean Shakes you can get all the nutrition you need for one meal with only 240 calories.  Also eating more raw veggies, lean protein and staying away from highly refined sugars in products such as bread and snack products.  One simple tip for shopping is to buy your food from the outside perimeter versus the interior isles of the the grocery store. We also recommend that you drink at least one half of your body weight in ounces of water per day to stay well hydrated and support your body’s functions.  Using an online food journal like myfitnesspal.com or fitday.com can really create awareness about what you are eating,  your caloric intake, and nutritional ratios of fats, carbohydrates, and essential fatty acids.