Many want there to be a magic pill or magic potion….and you know what, you already know the answer. There is no secret or magic at all. Weight loss is the product of calorie reduction and/or an increased calorie burn. Weight loss can be, in most cases, as simple as a calculated equation. And, yes, there are both minuses and pluses to this equation. The minus comes from looking at the food you eat and choosing wisely. The easiest way to cut calories is to look at what a portion size is. Mindless eating and not portioning out food can result in an entire bag of snacks gone without noticing.
The minus comes from looking at the food you eat. The easiest way to cut calories is to look at what a portion size is. Mindless eating and not portioning out food can result in an entire bag of snacks gone without noticing.
The pluses come from adding in daily activity. Try burning calories with just a little extra activity each day. A lunch time or afternoon walk can do wonders for increasing calorie burn as well as reduce stress and inflammation. Add healthy habits to lose weight and keep it off.
Be honest with yourself about what you consume, how much activity you get and practice patience and follow-through.
Furthermore, minimum calorie reduction, not extreme calorie restriction, without intense exercise actually proves, time after time, to be the most effective approach.
Actually, this should be rather refreshing for you to hear because there is no starvation or crazy body-jolting exercise routines required. In a few words, here is what works:
- Eat Plants, lots of them, fill up on vegetables and fruit.
- Don’t eat or drink added sugars.
- Eat a bit less.
- Walk, stretch, move your body daily…..don’t over do it.
- Sleep well.
- Laugh, love, seek out fun, friends and family.
- Enjoy the process, be patient….Reassure yourself that you can do this.
Truly, if you legitimately need to shed weight and you are motivated for the right reasons (to be healthy and fit, not for vanity’s sake) then make these simple adjustments and your body will adjust healthily too. Again, there is no magic to weight loss, but there is definitely magic in you. You can do it!
- University of Utah Nutrition Clinic, Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama