Since I’m talking about weight loss for more than a month now, I think it’s time to talk about what the “secret” is all about.
How exactly do people lose weight?
The idea is pretty simple:
Our body needs energy in order to function properly. And where does our body take the energy from? From the food we eat, of course.
Food is the main source of energy for our bodies. Each food item, as you may have noticed, has a specific amount of calories (and vitamins, and fiber, and carbs and a bunch of other nutrients).
What are calories?
So, what does “cake has too many calories” mean?
Well, a calorie is a unit of energy, it’s that simple.
Calories (and a bunch of other stuff) are the ones who are responsible for our weight loss, gain or maintenance.
You see, the BMR plays a very important role in all of this weight loss process. The BMR tells you the exact number of calories your body needs in order to feel free to do it’s job, while you rest. Depending on the level of physical activity you put in every day, you’ll need to eat a larger number of calories everyday.
As you can see, calories are your friends! You can’t function properly if you don’t eat! Now you see why all those special diets are not OK? How is your body supposed to produce enough energy if you don’t ‘fill up the tank’?
Calories in – calories out
Unfortunately, calories can also become your worst nightmare.
If your body needs, let’s say, 1200 calories a day (according to the BMR formula), once you exceed the limit, you’re in trouble.
Our body knows how many calories it needs to burn to make our heart pump, our brain think or our lungs expand. If you give your body too many calories… the extra calories will become extra pounds.
This is why it’s very important to be careful about what we eat!
So how exactly do we lose weight?
Well, the idea is simple: just create a calorie deficit.
An overweight person definitely needs to eat a lot more calories that a normal weight person does (the Metabolic Rate formula is based on your current weight).
Well, if the formula says you should eat 2000 calories a day to maintain your current weight, just eat 300-500 calories less.
Well, the body needs to burn those units of energy right? Once it doesn’t have anymore ‘new’ calories to burn, it will start to burn fat to try and compensate. Little by little, you’ll lose weight!
What to watch out for
The idea of creating a calorie deficit is not as easy as you might think. Well, it is, but you have to be careful not to eat the wrong calories!
First of all, calories are not the only thing that play a role in all this weight loss process. For example, you can’t eat a 400 calorie donut for breakfast, an 800 calorie burger for lunch and drink a soda for dinner… Those are the wrong kind of calories to eat!
Fast food, burgers, pizza and soda are BAD calories. Empty calories, if you want. They just fill up your stomach but there is no nutritional value in them. Besides, they all make you fat.
Our body needs a lot more than empty calories to be healthy. We need to have out vitamins, fiber, sugars, minerals and other stuff. So, we need to eat the RIGHT kind of calories, in order to lose weight the healthy way.
A lot of the nutrients we need everyday are found in fruits and vegetables. Then there are seeds (like pumpkin seeds, pistachios, macadamia nuts), grains (take breakfast cereals, for example), dairy (milk, cheese etc.), meat (or substitutes, for those of you who are vegetarian or vegan) and other “good foods”.
The first thing to do if fill up your fridge with healthy food.
Then, try to keep track of what you’re eating every day. Keep a list of what you eat pinned to your fridge or have a notebook near you when you eat.
It’s a relatively slow process but, if you combine it with some exercise and fitness, the result will be amazing! I tried it myself and it’s working 😉
Are you ready to try it?