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By Richard K. Noots
Thousands and thousands of articles exist online for the sole purpose of purporting dieting fads. Google “diet” and it will bring up more than thirty million results alone. The sad truth is that most of these words are wasted and unnecessary. Organic, Paleo, Atkins and any other diets you can think of offer only a little bit of fact surrounded by a heaping help of “please buy this other stuff!”
Combing through countless research and medical studies will reveal only a few things you should actually do to help you lose weight. It’s simple, and the only hard part will be actually doing it.
Unlike so many other articles that will have you buying six hundred dollars worth of groceries a month, this just requires a little math and scheduling. If you’re serious about getting ready to lose poundage, continue on.
This first tip is simple enough. Take a few ‘before‘ photographs, and then add more as you progress. Take some pictures about every month or two. Not every month will be leaps and bounds ahead of the other, but it’ll help show you how far you’ve come. Even if you’re plateauing in your weight loss game, this will be a good way to remind you that yes, what you are doing is working.
#2) Calories, Calories, Calories!
If there is only one tip you listen to in this article, make it this one. Calorie counting will be the best chance of success and the only thing that really works. People often misunderstand how the human digestion system operates, but in some ways it’s actually quite simple. Your body only needs so much energy (Calories, or kilocalories if you’re a biology major) to function per day. If there is excess, it’s stored as fat. If there isn’t a enough, your body gets energy from it’s reserves (fat and other things).
So the trick is to go under what your body requires, which you can find out here. The more you reduce what you intake, the more fat your body will eventually deplete. You don’t need to starve yourself, but you might go to bed hungry a couple nights if you’re trying to lose a lot of weight at once.
#3) Make a Schedule
You don’t need to eat six small meals spread throughout the day to lose weight. Actually, it might be detrimental to your diet if you plan your meals like that. What you should do is split up your meals in a way that best suits your lifestyle. Like to skip breakfast but celebrate with a big lunch? That will work out fine, just make sure to get the necessary calories you need. Schedule your dining to what works for you. That easy.
#4) What Foods Should I Eat?
I’ve mentioned in previous articles that food science is taken advantage of more than a drunk girl at a bar, and I mean it. Between cans of chicken, chicken at the super market, or chicken from KFC, there is no difference. A well balanced meal consists of getting carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, water and a little fat. So, as long as your meals are not just cheese and ice cream, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding agreeable meal plans that meet your caloric requirement.
If you don’t believe me that you can make healthy meal plans with steak, eggs, burgers and hot dogs, just read the science behind it. People don’t make money if you decide to become healthier. They only make money if you think you need to get their product to be a lean machine. The beauty of capitalism is that you can sell anything.
Dieting takes more than reading some articles and jotting down notes. It takes will power and determination to meet your goals. You don’t need to follow any diet verbatim to lose weight. Take what works for you and discard the rest. Bodies aren’t identical, and you shouldn’t treat yours like it is.
Stay focused, but don’t burn yourself out. If losing weight is causing you mental anguish, you need to reevaluate how you do things. The path ahead of you won’t be easy, but it doesn’t need to be Hell either.
What are your favorite foods to snack on? Do you find it easier to follow a diet plan made by someone else, or do you wing it and go with your gut? Share what works in the comments, so those around may learn from your tips!