Weight loss, what does this mean? It means not over complicating things for no reason, which is unfortunately the #1 reason, in my opinion at least, why people fail with their weight loss.
A lot of over complication comes from believing popular nutrition claims that are actually false. This makes people worry about more than they should, which taxes daily decision fatigue, which erodes precious willpower, which makes failure more likely. If a goal is simpler, easier, and requires less effort to achieve, it’s just basic logic that you’re more likely to achieve it. On that note, I present 5 ways to make your weight loss simpler and easier.
1. Weight loss, Worry Less About What You Eat
The simple fact of the matter is that what you eat matters far less than how much you eat for weight loss. In fact, the only reason fad diets are generally successful is that they can make it easier to eat less food. As long as you’re eating less calories than you burn over time, you’ll lose weight, so don’t get hung up on trying to find that magic food that will burn fat. There isn’t one. Eat a combination of healthy, natural, and satiating, and you’ll get the job done. And, you can absolutely still lose weight with a little cheat junk food in reasonable moderation.
2. Weight loss, Worry Less About When You Eat
Common sentiment preaches that we ought to eat first thing in the morning and avoid eating at night if we want to lose weight. Both of these theories are patently false, no legitimate ward based metabolic research has ever shown that the time of day you eat makes any difference in weight gain/loss as long as calories are controlled for. As long as you’re eating less than you burn, you will lose weight, it doesn’t matter when you eat.
3. Worry Less About How Frequently You Eat
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Closely related to #2 is the myth that one needs to eat small frequent meals to keep your metabolism high and avoid fat storing “starvation mode.” Once again, this theory is absolutely 100% false, and largely perpetuated by snack and supplement companies who have an economic interest in the small frequent meal myth being perpetuated. There has never been any peer reviewed research that shows an increase or decrease in metabolic output by manipulating short term meal frequency.
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4. Worry Much Less About Anything But Eating Less Calories
Anthony Colpo completed the massive undertaking of finding every ward based metabolic study that’s been published in English since 1935, and the solely determinant variable that influences weight gain or weight loss is overall caloric intake. Therefore, if you want to lose weight, the only thing you need to truly worry about is eating healthy food that’s satiating and keeps you fuller on less calories. That’s it.
5. Worry Less About What Exercise You Do for Weight Loss
People ask it all the time: What’s the best exercise for weight loss? The honest answer is nothing. There’s no magic exercise for weight loss. The only way exercise helps weight loss in general is by increasing overall caloric expenditure related to caloric intake, but how that happens doesn’t really matter. A common reason dieters fail is they adhere to a grueling cardio schedule that they hate and isn’t sustainable, only to rev up their appetites and completely negate their hard work by eating a ton of food after they’re done working out, which ultimately results in zero progress. The best exercise is the exercise that you enjoy doing and makes you the most healthy & fit. Trying to pick exercising that “seems best” for weight loss specifically is not a good strategy, especially if you know you’ll hate doing what you’ve picked.
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The truth is that weight loss is actually really simple. Or at least it can be. But, people often over complicate things for no reason. The other aspect of it all is that a sad truth is that the health and fitness industry sometimes over complicates things on purpose, because over complication predicates failure, and the most profitable diet customers are perpetually failing repeat diet customers. So, heed these 5 tips to help make things as easy as possible, and best of luck on your health & fitness journey.