As anyone who has tried to lose weight can tell you, you need to understand what really works in order to be successful. Dieting, for example, is not just about eating less each day or not eating at all for two days straight. What you really need to do is increase your activity while reducing your intake of certain foods. If you understand how to control your calorie intake, you’ll enjoy far better results with your diet than you’ll see from any pill.
Your body will start burning its fat stores once you are using up more calories than you eat each day. By limiting your caloric intake and increasing your activity, you can create a deficit in energy. This will result in fat burning and weight loss.
Many people have an easier time understanding this in numerical form, so let’s start with the 3500 calories that are stored in one pound of body fat. If your exercise program use 3500 calories, that’s one pound of body fat that you’ve burned off as opposed to simply not eating that 3500 calories. So the secret to a successful diet is to combine fewer calories with more exercise.
Just make sure you’re not starving your body of the nutrition it needs or that you’re stressing it with too much cardio. Like most things in life, to see the best results you should do everything in moderation, especially if you want the results to last for a long time. Too much exercise and you risk injuring yourself, and if you don’t get enough food, your body will burn fewer calories as it enters “starvation mode”.
The best plan is to slowly reduce the amount of calories you take in every day day while you gradually increase your cardio. For most people, a reduction of 500 calories a day is just about right. Of course, this will require you to carefully track the number of calories you take in every day as well as the calories you burn. The best way to maximize your results is to keep a close eye on both your calories and weight loss.
The reason many diet centers are so successful is because they emphasize the need to track your daily calorie count as well as engaging in exercise. It may seem like another tedious task you’d rather avoid, but the only way you can be sure that you have control over your weight loss plan is to know how many calories go in and how many you burn off.