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How To Create A 500 Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss Correctly

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On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m showing you how to create a 500 calorie deficit for weight loss correctly.

I get asked this all the time.

“Brad, how do you eat so much food and still maintain 8% body fat, 365 days per year?”.

Well, I’ll be sharing an example of 3 ways to lose fat, the:

  • old school way
  • traditional way
  • supercharged Live Lean Nation way

How To Eat More Food And Lose More Fat

Guess what?

I’ve never been on a “diet” before.

I am also not blessed with awesome genetics.

So how am I able to follow a lifestyle that allows me to eat a lot of food, and still rock abs 365 days a year?

Well, to burn fat you need to be in a caloric deficit.

A caloric deficit is just a fancy word for burning more calories than you’re taking in.

In other words, energy out is greater than energy in.

That’s the simple part.

But did you know there are different ways to create a calorie deficit.

How To Create A Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss Correctly

Here’s a simple example.

Meet Joe Smith.

Joe is a research analyst at a major bank.

He made a promise to his wife of 15 years that he is going to lose his unhealthy fat.

To help Joe out, I’m going to show you an example of 3 different ways to get to the same 500 calorie deficit.

As mentioned earlier, this includes creating a calorie deficit the:

  • old school way
  • traditional way
  • supercharged Live Lean Nation way

Calorie Deficit Strategy A: Old School Way

Here is strategy A, which I’m referring to as the old school way.

This basically means you are dieting, but you are not exercising.

How To Create A 500 Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss Correctly

The line item called “Calories Out: Living” simply takes into account the amount of calories your body burns from just living day to day, without actually exercising.

This is referred to as your basal metabolic rate (BMR).

You can calculate your BMR here.

In this example, let’s say Joe does the following:

  • Calories Burned From Just Living: 2,100 calories
  • Calories Burned From Working Out: 0 calories
  • Total Daily Calorie Burn: 2,100 calories
  • Calories In From Food: 1,600 calories
  • Calorie Balance: -500 calories

Since Joe is not working out, he burns zero extra calories over and above his daily BMR.

This means his total calorie burn for the day is 2,100 calories.

In order for Joe to reach his desired 500 calorie deficit per day, he needs to only eat 1,600 calories from food.

This is one way to create a 500 calorie deficit, by simply eating less food.

Calorie Deficit Strategy B: Traditional Way

Now let’s check out strategy B, the traditional way of creating a calorie deficit.

In this approach, Joe is basically dieting and exercising, but his workouts are only comprised of traditional low intensity steady state exercises, such as walking on a treadmill.

This additional activity leads to 250 additional calories being burned.

How To Create A 500 Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss Correctly
  • Calories Burned From Just Living: 2,100 calories
  • Calories Burned From Low Intensity Workout: 250 calories
  • Total Daily Calorie Burn: 2,350 calories
  • Calories In From Food: 1,850 calories
  • Calorie Balance: -500 calories

We’ll keep Joe’s BMR consistent with the previous example, so he’s burning 2,100 calories just from living.

During his low intensity cardio workouts, he’s burning 250 calories.

This means his total calorie burn for the day equals 2,350 calories.

In order for Joe to reach his 500 calorie deficit goal, the amount of calories from foods that he’s going to take in equals 1,850 calories.

This means Joe can eat 250 more calories than if he didn’t workout, and still give him a calorie deficit of 500 calories.

Calorie Deficit Strategy C: Supercharged Live Lean Nation Way

Let’s now check out the final approach, strategy C.

This is right strategy to create a 500 calorie deficit for weight loss correctly.

I refer to it as the Live Lean Nation way.

In this approach, Joe is eating healthy foods and following Live Lean style workouts.

This combination leads to 650 additional calories being burned.

How To Create A 500 Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss Correctly
  • Calories Burned From Just Living: 2,100 calories
  • Calories Burned From Live Lean Style Workout: 650 calories
  • Total Daily Calorie Burn: 2,750 calories
  • Calories In From Food: 2,250 calories
  • Calorie Balance: -500 calories

Let’s keep the calorie burn from living consistent at 2,100 calories.

Since Joe is following our Live Lean higher intensity style workouts, he creates an additional 650 calorie burn.

This gives Joe a total calorie burn of 2,750 calories for the day.

To get to the desired 500 calorie deficit, Joe can eat 2,250 calories for the day.

This creates a negative 500 calorie deficit.

The Best Way To Create A 500 Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss

So there you go.

Those were three different ways to create a 500 calorie deficit, from eating different amounts of foods and exercising differently.

When you look at each strategy carefully, at the end of the day they are all creating a 500 caloric deficit.

However, the variables to get there are different.

If losing fat was just a numbers game, all three strategies would be equal.

However, healthy and sustainable weight loss is more about science than simply mathematics.

Everything you put in your body, and under some circumstances, what you don’t put in your body, as well as your physical activity, creates a hormonal reaction.

Calorie Deficit Strategy A – The Old School Way: is creating a hormonal reaction, which is slowing your metabolism due to low calorie intake.

This is working against your body to burn fat and Live Lean.

Calorie Deficit Strategy B – The Traditional Way: is creating a slightly better hormonal environment because you are eating more and moving your body a bit more.

But as you probably guessed, here is the correct answer.

Calorie Deficit Strategy C – The Live Lean Nation Way: is the clear winner.

Why Is Strategy C The Winner?

Your body is smarter than you think.

When you drastically decrease the amount of calories you take in, your body gets scared and goes into what we call, survival mode.

Is A 1000 Calorie Deficit A Day Healthy For Weight Loss?

The body doesn’t know when it will be fed again, so the body holds on to the fat stores as energy for survival.

When you eat more high protein and healthy fat foods, that are lower in sugar, your body releases the fat storage as energy, as it knows more food is coming in within a few hours.

This is the opposite of starvation mode.

Bottom Line: How To Create A 500 Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss Correctly

If you are one of those people that’s starving yourself and are a slave to the treadmill for 3 hours a day, you’re essentially becoming a smaller fat person.

In other words, the weight you’re losing is probably muscle, not fat.

This is because your body is holding on to fat for survival, thus leaving your muscle to be burned for energy.

This is not what you want to do, as muscle is the key metabolic driver, and is what keeps your metabolism going.

So how do you create a caloric deficit without starving yourself?

Eat more of the right types of food and workout using more of the right types of exercises.

This is how you torch fat faster.

When you exercise, you increase your metabolism by building more muscle, you burn more calories, and you elevate the amount of fat burning enzymes in your body.

You’re also keeping your body happy by feeding it an adequate amount of calories.

This keeps your body from going into survival fat storage mode, and once again increases your metabolism.


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  • Which calorie deficit strategy do you think works the best for sustainable weight loss?
  • Or do you think all 3 calorie deficit strategies will create the same results?

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30 responses to “How To Create A 500 Calorie Deficit For Weight Loss Correctly

  1. Can you create a deficit that’s higher but not to the point where you have
    to starve yourself??

  2. Just wana say I love u and Jess you are such inspirational, I have bn a
    hard core gym bunny since I was 18 ( 10yrs ago..depressing *sighs*) I train
    5 times a week, and yes I LIFT!!!! I have bn watching u guys for a year and
    u always pick me up when I’m havin a rest day that gets me down … Keep it
    up guys, u r so important to getting peopl fit and lean xxx big love from
    London England xxx

  3. Hi brad, I normally eat clean but don’t go gym that often. But from know
    I’m going to go gym more so that I can intake more calories. Thanks for the

  4. Is this a serious video? So basically you are saying exercise more, burn
    more calories, so you can eat a little bit more and still lose weight.

    What the fuck man.

  5. By the way Brad I do -one day low carb and one day high carb. Both systems
    are in deficit by 500… With a cheat/re-feed on sat and a Sun fast-day. My
    high carb low fat day is
    143g carbs 40g fat 217g protein – my low carb high fat is:
    27g carbs 67g fat 185g protein_
    I’m looking to loose about 2 pound a week! Would it be better to stay on
    low carb fro 5 days every week rather than alternating?

  6. how do you know how much calories you burn from just living or is it around
    2100 for everyone?

  7. Hey Brad, I have been following the principals of ESE (Brad Pilon)mixed
    with Intermittent fasting sometimes with carb cycling and sometimes
    without…but doing fast days 2-3 days a week as I change it up…
    (I’m 37, mom of two, 5’6″ and used to be about 15% body fat – now probably
    closer to 20%) . And right when I had finally gotten by body fat where I
    wanted and everything, I developed a cough that left me unable to workout
    the way I had been (20min HIIT and Circuit sessions in AM and PM 5-6 days a
    week) and as a result i lost ALOT of muscle as I was only able to do very
    light workouts and yoga to keep my heart rate down or I would have a cough
    attack. Now about 1.5yrs later they FINALLY have figured out how to get my
    cough under control and I have started back up with my workouts doing at
    least one 20min HIIT session a day and a hour of advanced flow hot yoga
    about 5-6 days a week. So in my attempt to get my body fat back down and
    lean out again I have been doing ESE as I had seen such great results a few
    years back. However now it doesn’t seem to be having any effect on my fat
    loss or weight loss at all….I was wondering if it is possible for the
    body to adapt to it and for it to cease working? I have a horrible
    metabolism to start with and when my muscle mass was higher and my body fat
    lower I was able to eat more freely (but I still follow a gluten free,
    dairy free, soy free, meat free diet due to Hashimotos and Psoriasis and
    gastrointestinal sensitivities….
    I was wondering what your thoughts are? I am so desperately wanting to get
    back to where I was and feeling so defeated….

  8. So your on a caloric deficit 365 days a year? How is it that you build
    muscle? I thought to build muscle and stay lean you had to be ona surplus
    and lift heavy weights…

  9. YEAH, working out is a great factor that influences fatloss. But not the only one.

    If you want to learn all about all the key factors that will help you LOSE THE FAT, and NEVER GAIN IT BACK, i invite you to click on my name. See you on the other side! You’ll be blown away!

  10. This isn’t about the topic your talking about, but i was wondering if you
    could help me with this confusion i have. I eat paleo the whole week and
    exercise 70 minutes eat day, I’m in good shape, can i afford to treat my
    self one day of the weekend to a dessert, dinner like Souvlaki and treat
    like whole packet of smith’s chips? please reply! it would help cheers 🙂

  11. Hey Brad,

    First, thanks for the great tips as always!

    What is the workout schedule like in your program? (Length of each workout, and total days per week). Thanks in advance!

    God bless…

  12. Hi, I went over the top with my diet and went as low as eating 1000
    calories for 2 weeks. I can see the results and I’ve lost good amount of
    fat but still want lose more. Is it ok for my body to start eating more
    again with a 500 cal deficit and training everyday?

  13. Brad, you mention in the video that the body goes into survival mode, this
    holding onto fat if you don’t eat enough calories (sure that’s what you
    said!) anyway, so that would suggest intermittent fasting is a big no no,
    but I’m sure I’ve seen a vid by you about your thoughts on it and from time
    to time it’s ok?

    1. Intermittent Fasting is not starving yourself. It’s eating all your calories in your eating window. I follow the 16/8 plan on lifting days and the 18/6 on active rest days. I’ve made nice gains when I’m trying to put on mass and I’ve been able to cut the fat I’ve put on after a bulk with this way of eating. is great site to learn about intermittent fasting. I will warn you that this may or may not be for you. Try it out for a month and see how you like it. If it works for you, GREAT! If not, no big deal. I have found that IF works for me and it is the only way I eat now

  14. Higher intensity is the better because it creates the afterburner effect!
    burning fat outside the gym!

  15. Are you following: A) the old school way B) the traditional way or C) the
    supercharged Live Lean Nation way?

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