Diet fads come and go. You’re familiar with most of them: The South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Vegan Diet, the list goes on and on. The current craze is the no-carb fad; abstain from all pasta, white bread, and flour. There seems to be an almost accepted “truth” that carbs are the enemy; an evil, malignant food group that needs to be abstained from at all costs. But are we really to believe this? Does anyone remember that not too long ago, the FDA placed Carbohydrates at the base of the Food Pyramid (remember those). It was the food group that was recommended to be consumed the most. Meaning 5-6 servings a day. I can see the horror in the eyes of my readers already.
But this article isn’t to attack the low carb diet. It’s not an indictment on the South Beach or Vegan diets either. The purpose here is to outline how you can loose weight; guaranteed. Forget the diets, forget the latest nutritional fad. If you want to loose weight you need to do one thing: burn more calories then you take in.
That’s it. Stop measuring your carbs, stop examining your fat intake. Look at one thing: calories. And get busy. When we say get busy, we mean get active. Get outside. Walk to work, don’t park 2 inches from the grocery store, join a gym, get a personal trainer, and go for a run. If you focus on living an active life, and watching your calorie intake, you will lose weight. It’s the one diet fad that has never failed and can never be questioned.
For some reason, calorie intake has been ignored. And here’s another tidbit: calories are your most important diet measure. Not carbs, not protein, and not fats. Your calorie consumption will determine your weight. Instead of wasting your time trying to consume a certain amount of protein, focus on burning the calories that you put into your body. If you do that, you will lose weight. Ask any doctor, ask any nutritionist, and ask any biologist. It’s simply science. But no one talks about it.
Maybe it’s a marketing thing. There isn’t much money in just telling people to burn more calories then they take in. The diet industry is a multi billion dollar industry. You’ve seen the commercials, the drinks, the books, the special food products. They are all tailored at playing on your fears, and ultimately your ignorance. They think you don’t know the simple truth about weight loss. But now you do. It’s the calories.
No one here is suggesting that you just eat one ice cream cone a day and then go for a 5 mile run. Your body needs vital nutrients including proteins, carbs, amino acids, and much more. Proper consumption of these nutrients will lead to a healthy body. But instead of going crazy with diet fads, focus on your calorie intact. Focus on being active and burning the calories that are put into your body. A sedentary lifestyle will lead to weight gain, no matter what diet you are adhering too.
Get outside, get active, and burn those calories. There’s no secret to loosing weight. You knew what you had to do the whole time. Now throw out the expensive diet book and meal bar and get outside and go for a jog. You’ll see the results in no time.