May 10th, 2018 • 7 min read
Last Updated: August 12th, 2018
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How ever your goal for weight loss is planned out it all comes down to this very important thing: managing your calories.
Our bodies are a very complex machine that requires fuel to drive your metabolism and perform all the necessary movements. Calories from food and beverages that we consume are the ones to provide these fuels. And if we burn all the fuel that we take in, our weight remains stable. This is one of the reasons why people recommend you to stay consistent with physical activity because your body begins to accumulate weight when excess fuel doesn't get burned---storing itself as body fat and therefore promoting weight gain. And if you begin to burn more fuel that is coming in than what is coming out, you'll be making progress in weight loss :) So, by managing the calories we consume and the calories we burn, we can successfully control our weight.
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To add onto that, this is why majority of adults overweight or obese in modern decades. With the industrial revolution and its chain of effects (fast food restaurants, transportation, etc) our lifestyle changes have evolved in ways that are both healthy and unhealthy---machines and computers have become the biggest influence of lifestyle in mankind. Practically everywhere we go — shopping centers, sports stadiums, movie theaters — food is available anywhere.
Humans have a natural tendency to preserve the most energy as possible (Most commonly during employment) and even eat when they're not hungry. These are huge factors for weight gain.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans are eating more calories on average than they did in the 1970s. This is bad news, right? However most people don't even realize that they're becoming overweight---its a process that happens fairly slowly.
Are you one of them? Lets not ask, lets just not be one of them.
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As mentioned above it is really important to be aware of the calories you take in and how much or little you are burning so that you are keeping yourself in check.
One of the most effective weight control strategies that I have learned is making use of apps that are openly available to everyone. I used the MyFitnessPal mobile app to keep track of my calorie count and manage my day to day tasks when it comes to physical activity and my diet plan. It really makes everything easier by allowing me to instantly pull out and navigate straight to my meal plans and allowing me to adjust my next meals accordingly.
Here are the positive benefits I gained from doing this:
Those who are very serious about losing weight that track their calories and eating habits end up being most successful in losing weight.
Have you ever eaten something that you don't really need or want, but you eat it any way? Were you thinking to grab just a cup of strawberries from your fridge but grabbed the cup of raspberries along with it because you simply saw it there? You're eating with your eyes first.
Did you know that humans commonly eat more than they normally would, influenced by the size of their plates? People who eat their food on larger plates eat more than they normally would. Researchers from the University of Cambridge reviewed 60 studies and confirmed this, revealing that serving food on smaller plates is interestingly a solution!
In the studies they also found that the more food people were given, the more they ate - regardless of self-control.
Every calorie in your body can be burned through physical activity. If weight loss is what you are trying to achieve (If you've read this far then you most likely are) then managing physical activity should be one of your top 3 goals. You can take my advice and use the MyFitnessPal mobile app like I am (which is working great) or you can provide your own way of keeping yourself in check with physical activity.
Forming the habit of waking up earlier in the morning to make use of the gym can be a terrifying plan to commit to if you haven't already been doing that.
I recommend an article shared by AJ Harbinger for tips on how to stick to your gym routine. Key points listed are:
Weighing in or taking your circumference measurements at least once a week is a good way to keep yourself in check. For best times of when, it’s best to check your weight at the same time of day(with the same clothing). Also, consider weighing in the middle of the week because your weight can sort of fluctuate; tending to occur after a weekend of food adventures or other eating habits.
Setting yourself goals to achieve is a great way to keep yourself in check. By doing so you make commitments to yourself which helps you to make immediate action.
A good way to start is setting a certain amount of weight you want to lose at a certain time of the year. Healthy weight loss for most people is losing about half a pound to two pounds per week. The more weight you have to lose, the faster you can lose it.
Set a short term and long term goal and write them down. In doing so, you make a commitment to yourself which helps propel you into immediate action. Healthy weight loss for most people is half a pound to two pounds per week but the more weight you have to lose, the faster you can lose it. One pound of body fat contains approximately 3,500 calories. Use the table below to determine how many extra calories you’ll have to burn or cut out of your diet each day for different weight loss goals.
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