This shit is NOT complicated. At all.
To be honest with you, it really bothers me how complicated it seems because of all the nonsense out there. I really want to rectify this. So here we go:
There is only 1 way to lose weight: to burn more calories than you consume. It doesn’t matter if you eat Paleo, Keto, Carnivore, or Zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re male, female, young, old, or where you’re from.
You must burn more calories than you consume.
There are only 2 ways to effectively do this: 1) eat less 2) make different food choices.
Sure. You can also burn more calories through exercise, but this doesn’t qualify as effective.
Also, notice how I’m not including “run 35 miles a day”. Why? Because it’s not effective. Exercising is not a great way to lose weight.
It’s a GREAT way to be healthier, and it can help in losing weight, but it’s not an effective way of losing weight, and DOES NOT work on its own without diet.
Here’s what happens when I include exercising as a way to lose weight: people care less and less about their diets. They’ll just workout more.
It doesn’t work that way.
So no. Working out is not an effective way to lose weight.
There are really 2 ways to eat less.
The first is portion control – literally eating less of the foods you already eat on an item by item basis. You can eat exactly the same things you eat now, but cut down on the higher calorie stuff first, by 5%. Then say, 10%, then 15%, and so on. Your body/stomach will adjust to the smaller portion sizes, and you’ll lose weight as a result.
The next way to eat less is to eat less often, otherwise known as fasting. No, fasting is not starving yourself. No, there is no such thing as starvation mode. The human body can go 6 weeks without eating. Believe me, you can go 8 hours, 16, hours, 24, 48, 72 or more without eating and be fine.
Of course, I don’t recommend jumping right to 72 hours. But you can build up time. Fasting has MANY health benefits. Personally, fasting made me so much more aware of how we are conditioned to eat every 14 minutes, and if we don’t, to be in a bad mood until we get food… and I’m not talking about children. I’m talking about adults. Adults are conditioned this way. Something seems off about that.
We don’t need to eat nearly as often as we are trained to believe.
Make Different Food Choices
One way of saying this is that you are making “better” choices, based on the caloric content of the food you’re eating.
This might mean following a diet as guidance, like paleo for example, or it could mean swapping out your high calorie foods for lower calorie food.
Any diet that you lose weight on is doing this – causing you to choose lower calorie foods instead of higher calorie foods on average.
An example of this might mean swapping out the candy bar for some veggies/fruit. It might mean ditching the bun when you eat a burger, drinking 0 calorie beverages instead of soda, eating chicken instead of steak, or cauliflower rice instead of white rice.
The Bottom Line
Losing weight is not guess work. You can estimate the number of calories you burn. You can then eat fewer calories than that on a daily basis. You will lose weight. 100% guaranteed. No guess work involved. That’s not my opinion. It is literally scientific fact brought to you by the law of conservation of energy. (Anyone take physics?)
Burning more calories than you consume is how you lose weight.
The two effective ways of doing this are by making better food choices, and by portion control/fasting.
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