• Trishna Patnaik

Calories Control or Exercise for weight loss? The Answer is Complicated

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

“Hey now that I am doing yoga at Elate Wellbeing and also cardio at home, I may eat whatever I like, right?”, was the question from one of my overjoyed clients at Elate Wellbeing. This was too basic to let go was it not? Being the Nutritionist & Wellness Expert here, I jumped at the opportunity to sit him down and explain the whole process and concept. Then I understood how deep-rooted this controversy is and I should definitely put to paper the truth behind this!


Firstly, we must understand the term REE or Resting Energy Expenditure. It is the whole-body mammal metabolism during a time period of strict and steady resting conditions that are defined by a combination of assumptions of physiological homeostasis and biological equilibrium. In simple terms when you are at complete rest without any movement, you may feel rested, but the truth is, your body is carrying out basic metabolic activities to keep you alive and breathing, your mind at work, your lungs functioning, basic digestive practices going on, etc. Typically, about 60% of our total energy needs come from resting metabolism, but this varies greatly depending on our activity level. The average BMR for a woman is about 1,400 calories, while for a man it is about 1,800.


Maintaining this minimum burning capacity of the body is very important and it is one of the major factors in weight loss plan. So basically, when you have a good metabolism, your body will burn more calories to give you energy even at a comparative resting phase. Such metabolic activity helps you lose more weight. Therefore, cutting down calories or indulging in more physical activity cannot singularly help you in losing fat or overall weight. This is because both are inter-related.


On average, a person can cut down 500 calories from the daily diet and still remain in proper funct