Ever wondered why you can’t lose weight and, if you do, it never lasts? If you read this and ask yourself “How Many?!?!?!?!” you’ll understand why……..
There is a completely befuddling mountain of information available about what you should eat and what you shouldn’t – carbs/no carbs? What are carbs? Does fat make you fat etc etc. let me simplify it for you:
If you eat more calories than you burn off, you WILL put on weight.
If you eat less calories than you burn off, you WILL lose weight.
That is the basis of any diet; it really isn’t any more complicated than that. There are certain foods that will have a positive effect on your body and there are others that will do you no good at all but that’s a whole other story.
Recommended daily calorie intake for women is around 2000 and for men around 2500 so that’s the number you need to arrive at at the end of the day. You could eat 4,000 calories every day but, provided that you burn off 2,000 of them, you will maintain your weight; eat 3,500 and burn 2,000 and you will lose weight. The only problem with this simple approach is that many people don’t realise how easy it is to eat 4,000 calories and how hard it is to burn off 2,000.
That’s it, give or take 4000 calories in one day’s meals and snacks; now we have to look at what we’ll need to do to burn off 2000 of those to keep our weight stable:
There you have it, you can eat whatever you please but, like a deal with the devil, there is always a price to pay so, if you want to lose weight, just make sure you know the price and then decide if you’re willing to pay it. An additional 500 calories per day above the recommended daily amount will give you an extra pound of weight each week. That’s one bacon sandwich and a packet of crisps daily…………….for over 3 1/2 stone of EXTRA flab in just one year OR, you can keep the sandwich and crisps and walk and additional 5 MILES per day…the choice is yours.
I’m going to finish by saying that, if you WANT to lose weight, you will because you will take the time to learn about nutrition and how it can benefit your body. If you’d like to shed some pounds but you’re not really motivated, you’ll look for a quick fix and you’ll be stuck on the path of yo-yo dieting for ever more. Again, the choice is all yours.