I have said this many times before I dislike using the words “weight loss” because it is not fully accurate and it can be misleading. What we are really talking about is fat loss, not water loss, muscle loss or loss of food in our stomach or anything else, just burning body fat.
Forget about the idea of fast weight loss, the idea in itself is flawed. Fast weight loss techniques are always unhealthy such as for example starvation which can damage our organs and lead to muscle loss, both of which can reduce the body’s ability to burn off fat which is exactly the opposite of what the person is trying to achieve.
So what is the best way to lose weight?
I say the best way not the fastest way, the best way is the healthy way and the only really good and effective way.
Ok so this best way is to maintain a Caloric Deficit. That’s it! that’s all you need to do. For anybody that doesn’t know what this means it’s simply maintaining a lifestyle which leads to the body using up more calories or energy than is being consumed. For example if you consume 2000 calories in a single day and if your body uses up 2500 calories in that same day your body will require extra energy and if it cannot get it externally(Food) it will look for internal sources of energy Ideally body fat.
Many people who hear this simple explanation will disregard it, stating it doesn’t apply to them because they have a slow metabolism, bad genetics or some other nonsense. It’s true genetics and our metabolisms can have an effect however the effect is massively exaggerated. While metabolisms do differ it’s only slightly and it’s greatly affected by our lifestyle and fitness levels, therefore partly under our own control.
This is a very simple explanation and idea however it does go into much complexity and it’s backed up by scientific facts.
So forget about low fat low carbohydrate diets because if even if you eat low carb low fat foods you can still consume too much causing weight gain. What you do eat still matters, ideally your calories should come from good quality nutrient rich foods. These foods will help your body function better and help to maintain a healthy weight or more accurately a healthy level of body fat.
Some people will say this can’t be true because they claim to eat very little yet they continue to increase their weight. I my experience this is only a self deception, if this applies to you, the only way you will know for sure is if you actually count and keep track of what you consume on a average day.
How much fat will you burn and how fast?
Having a caloric deficit works fact! however how successful it will be depends on a few important factors.
- How big the caloric deficit is.
- How often you achieve a calorie deficit.
- What you are eating.
If the caloric deficit is only very small you will not see any difference any time soon. Also if the caloric deficit is not continuous for example day 1 calorie deficit day 2 calorie surplus if this is the case you are unlikely to see any results. If you are achieving a calorie deficit however those calories are coming from poor foods it could affect health, metabolism and reduce muscle, all thing which can affect the body’s ability to burn body fat.
So forget about all the nonsense diets and techniques if you don’t have a caloric deficit they won’t work so save yourself some time and money and focus on what actually works.