Weight loss is a goal that many people struggle with. Obesity seems to have become an epidemic with the modern lifestyle. However, this need not be the case. You can take control of your life and reclaim the perfect shape that you might have had in your early years. All it takes is a little discipline and a well thought out plan. There are many different methods to getting the weight off that you can pursue; however, most are based on the same principles.
One of the most important ways to lose weight is through exercise. Many have blamed our largely sedentary lifestyle on the greater waistlines that populate much of the developed world today. The calories burned in a weight training session or through a one hour walk might not be a lot. However, when you multiply them over the course of the year, they slowly begin to add up. 200 calories burned in a 2 mile walk three times a week translates to 31,200 calories of fat burned per year or the equivalent of nine pounds of fat loss.
Controlling calories is the most important factor to losing weight. If you eat 4,000 calories per day, then all the exercise in the world is not going to help you to lose weight. In fact, some people actually fail to lose weight while exercising because they increase the amount they eat because they assume they are burning more calories than they actually are. If you are overweight, cutting your calories to 1000 a day will allow you to lose weight. You just have to make the effort to keep up with what you eat and be disciplined to make it successful.
Many people cannot handle the discipline of counting calories. This is where the litany of other diets such as the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, High Carb Vegan and the Paleo Diet come into play. These diets all define a list of good and bad foods based on certain biochemical criterion, which may or may not be supported in the clinical literature. However, most of them will tend to be successful for no other reasons than they are restrictive diets.
When you restrict the list of foods that a person can eat, then chances are they are going to enjoy eating less. As a result, most people on these diets will tend to cut their calories naturally. Then one can get by without monitoring everything you put into your stomach. The one danger in this approach is that you might have a nasty rebound if you so much as touch one of the “forbidden foods” that these diets ban. That is why many people recommend that people strive for a more balanced diet while counting calories, as it can be much better sustained over time.
There are many different ways to lose weight, but ultimately the formula comes down to “calories in, calories out.” Most successful diets all adhere to this formula in one way or another, whether they admit it or not.