But we hear it all the time, "eat less and exercise more," is the answer to weight loss. Science has proven that burning more calories than you consume will result in weight loss, but the trouble is, this only has short-term results. For long-term results, it simply does not work, and ultimately we must stop counting calories. Blaming the inability to lose weight on not changing our eating habits is not going to help. We must take into account our genetics, activity level, hormones, environment, sleep habits, and overall health.
Instead of counting calories, we should be focusing on the quality of food we consume. If we just try to eat less and exercise more, most people will lose that battle, and our metabolism will win. Simply looking at calories is misguided at best and potentially harmful because it does not take into effect how those calories are affecting our hormones and metabolism, and ultimately our ability to stick to a diet. Many diets fail to focus on the quality of food, it is all about the quantity, and as I mentioned, that is not always the answer.
There is no definitive answer to weight loss and we all have to find out what works for us, and it is most likely not found in a diet book. Here are some of my top tips to lose weight that do not involve counting calories:
Eat vegetables to help you feel full.
Drink plenty of water.
Get tempting foods out of your home.
Stay busy to avoid eating out of boredom.
Eat only from a plate, while seated at a table.
Don't skip meals.
Try to make one or two goals a week, limit stress, and focus on what you can eat, not what you cannot eat. Add in some exercise, and make small changes over time, not over night.
Source: WebMD. (2014). Weight Loss and Diet Plans.
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