Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying 2016 and you haven't given up on your New Year resolutions/goal. The most common goal is to lose weight and for many years my sister and I made the same weight loss resolution and forget we even made it in two weeks times after failing on another fad diet. Over the years the weight finally came off after we discovered what worked for our bodies and today we've achieved our weight loss goals after taking different paths.
From the first day of a new year TV, radios, magazines and every mainstream media outlet are out there trying to sell you the 'answer' to your weightloss goal, from diet books to gym members or supplements that promise to help you lose the weight for good. The truth about weight loss that no one wants to tell you because there is no money to be made is that CALORIES IN must be less than CALORIES OUT - eat more than your body needs and you will gain weight, eat less than your body needs and you will lose weight.
All diets and exercise programs try to achieve this directly or indirectly. For instance Atkins diets works by putting you in Ketosis which eventually reduces your appetite and depletes your glycogen stores so you eat less and hold less water. 5:2 diet works by creating a caloric deficit on your fasting days which leads to weight loss. All diets do this by some form of food elimination and it all leads to eating less calories at the end of the day.
So what is the best way to lose weight?
The best way is unique to every individual and it has to do with discovering the most sustainable and enjoyable way to exercise and eat at a caloric deficit long term. If you don't see yourself being on the diet in 6 months time and after you've reached your goal weight then it is not for you. If you love fatty salty foods like bacon and chicken wings, a lower carb diet might be for you, if you can't live without your carbs then maybe a vegetarian and low fat diet might work better for you. The key is to be in tune with your body and do what your body responds to the most without driving you insane.
However the most important thing you need to do to lose the weight for good is to - IDENTIFY the habits that caused you to gain weight. I've had friends that say they don't eat much but gain weight and the truth is that is impossible and oxygen does not turn into fat in your body. Some common habits that cause weight gain are;
- Binge Eating/ Overeating
- Lack of portion control
- Mindless Snacking
- Eating out a lot
- Nutritional ignorance
- Emotional eating
If you discover what caused the weight gain and you break it, weight loss will happen naturally without any fad diets and metabolic damage as a results over dieting. I hope this helps you and takes you a step further towards your weight loss goals.