We all know that weight loss comes from burning more calories than we take in. Exercise will help you burn calories but you really need to be aware of the amount of calories you are eating.
The best way to know how many calories you should be eating in order to lose weight is to add up the amount of calories you take in on a regular day. Be honest with yourself. Once you have that number, subtract 500 calories. This will allow you to safely lose 1-2 pounds per week. If your weight loss halts for a week or so, you can cut that number by another 200 calories.
It is recommended that you always take in at least 1200 calories. Anything lower than that and your body will think it is starving and actually hold onto fat. There are also calculations you can do to see the amount of calories you need in order to reach your goal weight. If you are interested in that exact number, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will need to know your current weight and your goal weight.