It is possible to lose weight at home by eating a diet that consists of healthy foods and exercising to burn calories. One pound of fat equals 3,500 calories, according to the Mayo Clinic, so a person has to burn 3,500 calories more than they consume to lose 1 pound. This means that a person must have a calorie deficit of 3,500 to 7,000 per week in order to lose weight at the reasonable weight loss rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week, as suggested by Nutrition.Continue Reading
It is important that unhealthy diets be avoided. As such, diets that consist of fewer than 1,500 calories per day should be reviewed by the dieter's doctor to ensure the diet is suitable for the person's needs, according to USA. A healthy diet consists of foods from all food groups to provide all necessary nutrients. Unhealthy diets, or fad diets, are those that consist of only one food group or eliminate one food group completely.
Besides eating a healthy diet, it is necessary to exercise to lose weight. Following along with aerobics videos, walking, bicycling and doing housework are all activities that burn calories. A person who weighs 200 pounds can burn 455 calories by doing low-impact aerobics for an hour or 664 calories by doing an hour of high-impact aerobics, notes Mayo Clinic.Learn more about Burning Calories