Let me tell you a little secret that could potentially put the whole health and fitness industry out of business, not to mention the weight loss industry overall! This is the real secret to losing weight. The real way to drop body fat. Are you ready……..
Move more and eat less.
There it is. There you go. Use this knowledge wisely.
But in all seriousness, while we know that trying to lose weight isn’t always so straight forward, the main principle really is VERY straight forward. Attempting to create a calorie deficit is the underlying objective of every weight loss program. First of all, by “calorie deficit”, we mean burning more calories than you are taking in. And how do you do this? To burn calories, you move more. To reduce the calories taken in, you eat less. It’s all about calories in vs calories out. Simple?
Actually no, not quite, it really ISN’T so simple. If it was, everyone would be walking around shredded!
Let me explain…
For while WHAT we are trying to do is simple in theory, the real trick lies in HOW you do this. You need some form of exercise and eating structure that will fit in with your lifestyle and is sustainable. This structure will vary depending on YOU. Some prefer to eat little and often, multiple times a day. Others might prefer eating a few large meals in a small time frame (Intermittent Fasting). Some like breakfast, some don’t. Some like eating dinner late, some don’t.
In addition there is then of course the question of the actual food you eat – protein, carbs, fats, and then confusing extracurricular things like gluten, dairy, going vegan, etc etc etc! The easy answer to this is to eat what you like, as long as you:
- Stick within your calculated calorie allowance for the day (based on your activity levels, so to remain in a calorie deficit).
- Get enough protein for the day.
- Opt for MOSTLY healthy nutritious foods.
“Enough” protein generally means at least 1g per lb of lean body weight. The amount of daily carbs and fats you have doesn’t really matter too much, as long as the total calories consumed are within your daily calorie allowance! You probably don’t really need me to tell you what foods are considered healthy and what foods aren’t (though if you are unsure, don’t worry, I will be talking about this more in further blog posts!). If you have enough calories remaining in your daily calorie “bank”, then yes you can have that SLICE of cake – but no, you can’t eat the WHOLE freaking thing!
You get the idea.