Weight Loss for Dummies

A very common goal among any gender, any age group and anywhere in the world is weight loss. We want to lose weight because we believe that the less we have, the better we look. This is why so much weight loss tips, crash diets and fads have been developed through the years. Some worked, others didn’t. I’m pretty sure you’ve tried at least one in your life – did it work?

I suppose before we go any further, it’s important to let you know that crash diets don’t exist. These are all myths made up by people trying to get money out of you. Don’t waste your money on these. There are better tips to follow which can guarantee you weight loss.

Eat Less Total Calories

Calories are a dieting woman’s worst enemy – that’s why when you’re trying to diet, just eat less of them. Weight loss is and always will be about calories. Other stuff play a role as well – protein, fats, carbs, supplements and exercise are also important but these are only secondary to calories. The other tips won’t matter if you can’t get this part right.

Why are calories so important?

There’s a certain amount of calories you need to keep everyday to maintain your weight. What’s important is the number of calories your body burns everyday – by pumping blood, digesting food and even easy to do activities. When you eat the same number of calories that you burn, your weight stays the same. If you eat more than this amount, the excess calories will be stored as fat and this results in weight gain.

How fast should I lose weight per week?

If you’re doing the right thing, then you should lose around 0.5-2 pounds per week. This is the recommended rate, and anything beyond this isn’t normal. Those who are overweight or obese should lose 2 pounds a week ideally, while those with average weight can stick to 0.5 pounds. To know if you’re following this rate, weigh yourself at least once a week.

Eat More Protein

Eating enough protein allows you to lose weight while maintaining muscle mass. In spite of losing weight, you want your muscles to keep looking great. Protein is also a filling macronutrient, meaning it will leave you full for longer hours compared to carbs or fat. On top of it all, protein also burns fat calories efficiently. High protein food include chicken, turkey, fish, eggs and lean meat.

How much protein should I consume?

This will depend on whether or not you’ll be working out. If you will be, then you should eat more – around 1.2 grams. 1 gram will do for those who won’t be doing anything strenuous.

Try Weight Training

Don’t go with cardio; opt for weight training instead! Although weight training burns less calories than cardio, it also builds muscle and makes you look lean despite losing weight.

Get at least 5 hours of sleep

They said 8 hours, but the bare minimum is actually 5 hours. Just make sure that you’re feeling refreshed the next day.

Author Bio: Darlene Mills is a health expert specializing in Weight Loss. She has written for various health sites and acts as a consultant for Whole Health Product Inc.

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