Have you ever wondered the fastest, most effective way to lose weight? Is there really a secret to weight loss? While it’s true that there is one method of losing weight that is a cut above the rest, honestly it’s not that much of a secret.
There’s no magic pill or quick fix for fat loss. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’re going to be disappointed. We haven’t discovered a new magical weight-loss food or fat-melting exercise. The secret to weight loss can’t be purchased, and no one else can do it for you. That said, do you still want to know what it is? Of course you do!
The Secret to Weight Loss
When you think about weight loss, what are the first two things that come to mind? Probably diet and exercise. What does a proper diet and exercise plan look like, though? Is it eating all organic foods and performing hours of cardio exercise? Is it completely cutting out red meat and lifting weights five or more times per week?
We’re going to set the topic of exercise aside for a moment and focus on discussing a proper diet. There are numerous ways of eating that can be considered a “proper diet.” The truth is, there is no one style of eating that is right for everyone. Some of us love meat, while others do better on a plant-based or vegan diet. There are those of us who love carbs, while others can easily do without.
Finding YOUR definition of a proper diet is important because sustainability is key to long term success. However, that’s still not the secret to weight loss. True weight loss isn’t achieved by eating certain foods — it’s achieved by eating the correct amounts of them.
Finding the Right Number of Calories for Your Body
Every person has different caloric needs. Some of the factors that affect how many calories you need per day include height, weight, age, activity level, and more. If you want to lose fat, you must consistently eat the appropriate number of calories for your body.
Check out this article on How to Calculate How Many Calories YOU Need to Lose Weight. (Be sure to scroll down to the Weight Loss section of the article).
Remember, this number is still a general guideline, so you may need to tweak it a bit. We suggest finding your recommended guideline and sticking to it for two to four weeks. You must understand that, right now, you may not see any results overnight. Weight loss takes time, so don’t try to rush it. Check your progress after a few weeks. If needed, adjust from there.
How To Lose Weight
As the article above states, a pound of fat is made up of approximately 3,500 calories. It’s best to aim to lose a pound per week through a combination of diet and exercise. This means maintaining a caloric deficit of 500 calories per day.
For instance, if you need 2000 calories to sustain your current weight, your weight-loss intake will be 1500 calories. This does not mean you need to cut out 500 calories, as you can burn some calories through exercise. We suggest cutting 300 calories from your diet and burning the other 200 calories through exercise. Make sense?
Also, keep in mind that cutting your calories by too much over an extended period of time can slow your metabolism and stall weight loss. Stick to the plan. Slow and steady wins the weight-loss race!
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