When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, there’s certainly no shortage of advice and tips. The sheer volume of weight loss products and programmes available today indicate a great demand. For some, weight loss has even become an obsession.
If you’re trying to lose weight or even just seeking a flat tummy, you probably know a lot about weight gain. You understand that calories are not evil – your body needs the energy – but excess calories need to be avoided and burnt off. You know you shouldn’t eat late dinners. You know that a sedentary lifestyle will kill you, and as such you must exercise and maintain an active lifestyle.
You know that if you’re serious about losing weight, sugary drinks are a no-no; water should be your beverage of choice. You’re aware that lifestyle changes trump “dieting”, that you need lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and that you can’t lose tummy fat alone without losing weight all round.
However, there is one little piece of advice upon which the rest of weight loss hangs. A tiny truth which, if ignored, makes nonsense of all the exercising, intermittent fasting, and dieting in the world.
The only way to lose weight and keep it off is not to eat as much as you’ve been eating.
If you’re exercising and wolfing down food, you won’t lose weight. If you go the intermittent fasting route, or go down from 3 meals a day to 2 meals but you’re still heaping your plate to your heart’s content, you won’t get results.
It took a long time for me to open my mind to this, and I still struggle with it, but I know it’s the truth. If you want to lose weight and keep if off, forget about feeling “satisfied” when you eat. You cannot eat as much as you want, even when you’re eating healthy. You will always feel less than full.
In fact, if you start a weight loss programme and you’re not feeling slightly uncomfortable and hungry, the weight loss probably isn’t happening.
There’s simply no way around it. Exercise is good for you but it can’t help you lose the weight you want to lose. If you’re taking in more calories than your body can burn off, can you realistically expect to lose weight?
When you reduce the amount of food you’ve been eating, that’s when you start to see results over time.
From experience, I know that it is not easy, especially for people like me who love to eat! However, I once lost 10kg, and reducing how much I ate helped me achieve that. So I can tell you that it is totally worth it.