The Only Solution
Calories are the most important factor in weight management. Period. The ONLY way that you can lose weight is by eating less calories than you are burning. They are the energy that fuels your body. When that energy is out of balance, a change in weight will occur.
The Only Secret to Weight Loss is Calories in vs. Calories Out
Everywhere you look, there are articles about “the secret to weight loss” or “how to lose weight without counting calories”. These are all bogus. The only secret to weight loss is that you absolutely have to eat less calories than you are burning. Calories are first, above all else. When it comes to general weight loss, it doesn’t matter how many carbohydrates you eat, what time you eat, or if it’s organic. Macronutrients are important but, if you focus on that instead of calories, it will be harder to get to your goal. It really is just a numbers game and comes down to calories in and calories out.
Calories in Your Body are Like Money in Your Bank Account
If you spend more money than you make, you will be in a financial deficit and will have to find other resources to pull money from. If you make more money than you spend, you will be in a surplus and the extra money gets stored in your account for later. Calories act in the same exact way. When you eat less calories than you burn, you are in a deficit and will lose weight because your body has to pull from stored energy in body fat and muscle. When you eat more calories than you burn, you are in a surplus and the extra calories get stored for later.
You Can’t Outrun a Bad Diet
Exercise can’t undo poor nutrition. You can exercise all you want but, if you are eating back the calories you burned, you WILL NOT lose weight. While exercise will help increase your calorie burn, it will not make up for poor nutrition.
Now you know, it all comes down to calories in and calories out. If you only have time and energy to do one thing, it needs to be monitoring your calorie intake. Calories don’t have to be something to stress over. By learning these basics and applying this knowledge, you can take control over your calories, your weight, and your life.