The most important factor for successful weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume. It really is that simple.
Diets nowadays are blaming the current obesity epidemic on a particular food source. It’s too many carbohydrates, too much fat. Blah, blah, blah! Wouldn’t eating too much food and exercising less have something to do with it? Don’t you think this would make us overweight, causing a lot of health problems? Or is what I am saying to logical for the dieting community to take seriously?
What we eat is not nearly as important as how much we eat. We will put on weight if we eat more calories then our body needs. It doesn’t matter if its "super healthy foods" such as egg whites, protein powder, vegetables or less than "healthy foods" like chocolate, pizza and ice cream, we will put on weight no matter what the food is, if it is more calories then we use.
At the same time, we will lose weight no matter what the food source is, if we eat less than our body needs a day. (You would be shocked if you saw how unhealthy I eat sometimes!)
A calorie is a calorie. I know people argue this point to death, but it’s true. All calories are created equal. Our body cannot tell the difference between a calorie coming from an orange, and a calorie coming from French fries. It is all energy that can be burnt off or stored as fat if not used.
So then, if this is the case, wouldn’t it make sense to follow a diet that you enjoy and can stick to for a long time? If you eat a diet you hate… how long do you think you could stick too it?
If we deprive ourselves from having something we love, this only intensifies cravings to the point where it becomes unbearable, resulting in us, sooner or later, giving in to temptation.
Ultimately, it is these strong cravings for foods we cannot eat which cause us to give up. Diets that are low in carbohydrates force us to crave more sugary, carbohydrate rich foods. Diets low in fat cause us to crave fatty foods, and the worst of all, low calorie diets cause us to crave overeating.
I also found on many restrictive diets, that I was craving (and eventually pigging out on) foods I wouldn’t normally eat. For me, it was probably more like a rebellion from the lack of freedom I had while trying to stick to the diet!
Our willpower is too powerful to fight against. We may succeed for a while, but eventually we will succumb to the pressure. It’s like the quote I once heard, dieting is like holding your breath underwater, eventually you have to come up for air.
What’s the point of going on a super strict diet for a few weeks, only to put the weight back on because you found the diet unbearable? It may be 6 years from now and you still look the same! (Trust me I know!)
REMEMBER, TO LOSE WEIGHT, PAY ATTENTION TO HOW MUCH YOU EAT… NOT WHAT YOU EAT
Now obviously eating healthy has some benefits too. But if you are struggling to lose weight, start by focusing primarily on how much you eat. Worry about cleaning up your diet after you have lost the weight. Don’t you think losing all that excess body fat will make you a lot healthier anyway?