Calories. Those tiny little units of energy are such a big part of weight loss. Who cares about calories nowadays? With so much focus on keto, veganism and clean-eating, calories don’t get a look in.
But actually, calories really DO count. And when you get to grips with that fact you can start making some real weight loss progress.
It's not rocket science. Just use up more calories than you eat. And you will lose weight.
It’s true. Every diet works, in some way or another, by controlling your calorie intake. Ok, it might not seem like it when you’re tucking into butter-laden steak on the Ketogenic diet. But high-protein diets like this greatly reduce calorie intake via restricting – or completely cutting out – carbohydrates.
It’s the same story with other diets. Veganism has you eating only plant-based foods (naturally low-calorie). Paleo cuts out all processed foods (cutting junk calories). Fasting and ADF diets restrict food completely at certain times (reducing or completely omitting calories).
SO WHY DO SO MANY DIETS FAIL?
What’s that? You’ve tried these diets and they don’t work? Well, I don’t want to criticise your commitment or anything, but the only reason diets take a nosedive is people fail to maintain them for the long-term. Calories then start to creep back up and before you know it – you’re right back where you started!
So what’s the key to sticking to a diet?
Two words. Enjoyment and healthiness.
The truth is, if all diets work, you can choose ANY diet. The trick in maintaining it is ensuring you enjoy your food and eat healthy food.
The final step to creating calorie deficit is, of course, working out. First, you will need to focus on lifting weights. This will give you muscle definition and strength gain, leaving the calorie deficit to naturally sort itself out. Think weights first, cardio last.
Don’t forget NEAT – one of the best tools to burn calories. Simply being more active during the day – walking, standing, stretching, lifting – can equate to a huge difference in calories expended.
I LOVE the fact that exercise burns calories and this is a real motivator for working out. I know calories count and have always respected that fact as I put on weight easily, I think those who can afford to ignore this fact are just very lucky!
nothing wrong with high-calorie foods in limited amounts - I'm sure there's good stuff in both avocados and walnuts. Main thing is to avoid mindless munching, all too easy with a bag of nuts.
I guess it makes scientific sense but I don't like to think about counting calories when I love the high-calorie foods like avocadoes and walnuts!
I am so happy to read this great article, which utterly debunks all the diet nonsense that floats about. It's simple; eat only what you need. Your method of doing that is up to you but it all boils down to the same thing.
I thought I'd left calories behind in my teenage years. I really don't want to have to think about them again and am happy with my 'just don't eat processed foods' approach, which I guess works by limiting calories anyway!!