I’ve run into plenty of people that say that they want to lose weight, get in shape, and live a healthier lifestyle. Week after week, month after month they say they’ve been working towards it, but there’s not much progress. The problem is that they “think” they know what they are doing, but then I ask them a simply question of how much calories they that are taking in, and they have no idea.
How many of you are serious about making healthier lifestyle changes such as eating better or losing weight? What specific changes have you made towards your goal? One common answer is I try and get in more fruits and vegetables, I cut back on bread, I don’t eat as much meat. All of those answers are great, but how much are you cutting back on these things? Do you know the calorie deficit that you are shooting for while cutting these things back? What’s your method of measurement?
Yes, cutting back on unneeded foods is a good idea on cutting back on calories, but the problem is what kind of structure are you using to measure your calories. Just saying, “I’m just not going to eat bread,” isn’t healthy mentally because you’ll get this stigma that bread is bad, which it isn’t. From my past experience, anything in moderation is fine in your diet. The reason is, once you restrict yourself enough you’ll feel the need to binge on that item once you’ve hit your dietary goals. Binging will cause you to develop a “yo-yo effect” with your body weight. Yo-yo dieting isn’t good because it will ruin your metabolism and cause you to gain even more weight.
Develop a unit of measurement on what you’re changing your diet. If your goal is to lose weight and you haven’t lost any, try subtracting 500 calories a day from what you are current ingesting. Do that for a week and you will lose close to a pound because one pound is equal to 3,500 calories (7day*500 calories = 3500calories). Give this a try and experiment to see how much a change you can make in a month.