Have you been asking your friends, doctors, and diet experts, “Help me lose weight”? Friends try to offer good advice, but unless they have battled being overweight their advice is useless. They can probably eat the same amount of food as you and stay thin. Why are they blessed with this ability and you are not? The answer is not simple genetics alone. The answer is a little more basic and something you have 100% control of in your life. Do you want to eliminate the fat permanently without the extreme effort?
Nutrition is the Cornerstone for Simple Weight Loss
Are you planning to go on a diet or eating to lose weight? Read that question again, the answer is important. You need to get rid of the idea of dieting and start eating to lose weight. Deprivation is not the answer to weight loss. The best way to help yourself lose weight is to throw all of your old beliefs about weight loss out the door. Here is what many people tell you is the truth, but it is wrong.
A 5’6” tall woman who weighs 220 pounds wishes to get down to 150 pounds. Calorie calculators will tell you if she is a little active, she will need to eat 1950 calories per day to maintain her weight. If she wants to lose 2 pounds per week, she needs to have a 7000-calorie deficit. She would need to cut her calories less than 1000 per day. That is unsafe, dangerously unsafe. The bottom limit most diets recommend is 1200 calories per day. That would equate to 1.5 pounds of weight loss per week, theoretically. There is a problem with these figures.
When she reduces her calories to 1200 calories per day, something dramatic will occur. Her body is going to begin a battle. Her body is convinced it is starving. It goes into survival mode and slows down her metabolism. Instead of losing 1.5 pounds per week, she only loses a ½ to 1 pound per week. Then it gets even worse. Her body fights harder and she plateaus. The weight loss stops. What happens next?
She gets mad, frustrated, and quits the diet. Since her metabolism is at an extremely low level her fat cells rejoice. They store all of those new calories she is eating as fat. Those few pounds she lost come back instantly. In a few weeks, she probably weighs a couple pounds more. Let us turn this theory around and help you lose weight easily.
Eating to Lose Weight
There are ways to lose weight while eating enough food to keep you full, satisfied, and energized. You can see the difference in a few simple ideas.
- Eat foods that make you lose weight.
- Eat enough food to speed up your metabolism.
- Do not deprive yourself of the foods you love.
- Buy higher quality foods instead of wasting money on supplements, pills, and packaged diet foods.
In one the most effective plans available today a nutritionist lays out a plan that increases fat burning metabolism and eliminates the insulin surges that lead to fat storage. A few of the key ideas in her plan include:
- Proper nutrition is 80% of the weight loss battle. (If you can accept and embrace this idea you will succeed.)
- Eat properly 90% of the time and allow yourself to splurge about 10% of the time.
- Eat 5 to 6 times per day to keep your metabolism high and reduce blood sugar ups and downs.
In her plan, she provides you with tested meal plans that use the right mixes of nutrients and calories. An interesting thing you see in she does not eliminate any food groups. You can eat vegetables, fruits, whole grain products, lean meats, healthy fats from nuts and other sources, and dairy products. You are never depriving yourself of flavor, nutrients, or variety.
When she developed this plan, she teamed up with fitness experts. They did not come up with a plan to force you to exercise endlessly. Instead, they came up with a simple idea, get moving. They provide you with suggestions that help increase muscle, flexibility, and boost metabolism, but more importantly, they instill the idea of motion. Getting up and moving a little more increases your metabolism. You can be eating more food and losing more weight at the same time. You eliminate problems with energy drops, boredom, weight loss plateaus, and failure.
This type of diet is easy since you are eating foods that make you lose weight by increasing your metabolism. When combined with added movement, you burn fat and keeping burning it. You will achieve your goals and attain the body you desire.