Losing weight demands dedication, but it is not so hard when you keep it simple. Forget about following the Vegan Diet, Protein Diet, No Carb Diets, or any other diets that encourage you to skip meals. Those are simply unhealthy; they might prove to be effective at the beginning, but the results are short-lived. Not to mention, the strict diet plans are almost cruel, if not illegal or criminal.
Many people find it easy to skip breakfast and believe it will aid in shedding the extra weight. They do not realize that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and ignoring it will do them no good. They will feel powerless and tired in the morning, and their metabolism will decrease. Decline in metabolism will make it more difficult for them to lose weight in the future. This practice will also cause them to eat more for lunch and dinner to counteract the excessive hunger. As a result, they will start to gain weight, which is opposed to their original purpose. Missing meals is not a favorable method for weight loss, but if you really have to then let it be lunch or dinner instead.
The facts are simple: When you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight and if you eat lesser calories than you burn, you lose weight. Therefore, it is safe to say that counting calories matters and can help us manage meals, whilst maintaining a balanced diet. A balanced diet constitutes seven essential nutrients, i.e. Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Fiber, Vitamins, Minerals, and Water. If you exclude even a single one from your diet, it will negatively affect your health.
On average, a female needs about 2000 calories per day to sustain her weight, whereas a male needs 2500. However, the real amount of calories needed by the body varies from individual to individual; it depends on their height, weight, age, and lifestyle. A teenage athlete will require a higher calorie intake as compared to an old woman who seldom leaves the house. Therefore, before you start counting calories, determine the accurate quantity for maintaining your present weight. You can do this by using an online calorie counter or calorie chart.
Let us assume that 2000 calories is the exact requirement of your body to stay the way it is. Now in order to lose weight, you shall reduce that number by a quarter, i.e. 1500 calories per day. If you are currently eating more than 2000 calories, then the shift to 1500 may seem a bit much. Many people cut down the calorie intake to half, so that they will lose weight faster. However, this is not recommended because drastic changes to diet will make the body uncomfortable.
Losing 1 to 2 pounds per week is the ideal rate of weight loss. If you are losing less than this, then you must consider adding more physical activity/exercise to your routine, instead of cutting down further calories. You can count your calorie intake using several mobile applications like ‘Lose it!’ and ‘My Fitness Pal’. Maybe you think it sounds like a tedious job, but it really is not that big of a deal. Eventually you will learn the nutritional value and right proportions for different foods, being able to cope without the help of a calorie counter.
The best part of the calorie count diet is that you can eat whatever you want, but in controlled portions. If you have been eating a lot of fat saturated or calorific junk food, then you must opt for healthier choices. The goal is to avoid exceeding your daily calorie target, and that will become impossible if only a single meal of the day covers that limit. Many people do not drink water in its natural state; the first step for them is to replace all sweet/sugary beverages with plain water.
You can start by substituting whole milk with skimmed milk, white bread with brown bread, soda with natural fruit juice, and butter with olive oil. Similarly, if you like French fries, you can have baked potatoes instead, or eat at subway rather than McDonalds. As you can see, you do not have to starve or completely deprive yourself from things you like.
After you have lost several pounds, you will notice that your body has stopped losing weight, or the progress has slowed down. This is because the amount of calories required to sustain your new body weight is different. You must then further decrease the calorie intake if you wish to shed more weight or speed up the process. That is how the cycle continues until you reach your ideal weight. Pairing the calorie count diet with workout sessions will work wonders for your body.