Most people come to a point in their lives when they realize they might have put on a little bit too much weight and they are not the size they once were in high school. It’s not hard to do, especially as you get older. The body is all too happy to carry fat when we get old as a form of heat and energy preservation. However, carrying excess weight around is never good, and being at a higher BMI than you’re comfortable with – or than is healthy for your weight and height – can be very hard on your physical and mental health.
Luckily, if you have discipline, losing weight isn’t that hard. It might seem difficult to fight the cravings, but that’s just your brain psychologically pressuring you to gather more food. When we were early humans, food wasn’t anywhere near as available as it is now. We’d usually eat in big sittings when we hunted an animal or gathered fruits and berries, and then would repeat the cycle over again.
Thanks to the amazing prevalence of beautiful tasting and high-calorie foods, we’re now spoilt for choice. The problem isn’t finding enough food to eat, but not eating too much of it. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much effort to reduce your intake. Often with weight loss, the most simple methods are the most effective.
Of course, losing weight via lower caloric intake can be boiled down to the old equation: calories in/calories out. Put simply, if you burn more calories in a day than you consume, you’ll lose weight. At least in theory. For some people the equation isn’t quite so simple. But for most of us, this equation is the starting point for losing pounds.
This flies against the logic built up by multiple fad diets that promise huge cuts to your waistline in only two months. It’s worth keeping in mind that too dramatic a caloric cut to your daily intake will affect you negatively. For an overweight or normal sized person who’d like to lose weight healthy and quickly, a caloric deficit of -500 calories will be more than enough. When you start starving your body, your metabolism slows and your weight loss is stymied.
Be sure to keep consuming all of your recommended nutrients. Eating healthily with plenty of vegetables and clean, natural foods will help you tremendously.
Intermittent fasting is a trend that has gained massive popularity in recent years, and for good reason. The idea goes that eating all of your daily intake within 8 hours and fasting for 16 hours cyclically will allow your stomach to fully complete its digestive cycle and utilize its capacity for cellular self-repair. This will also switch your body to a form of ketosis, in that it will run on your fat reserves instead of carbohydrates. This is a favorite of weightlifters who are ‘cutting’ (trimming fat,) because it allows them to stay anabolic while reducing their caloric intake.
A good old-fashioned cleanse for weight loss can help you reduce all of the toxins in your body that have built up over time. Cutting out all of the vices and filling your body with clean foods such as fruit, vegetables, and natural digestive supplements will allow your body to thrive on what it actually needs, instead of simply eating at a deficit yet still indulging in unhealthy foods. You’re guaranteed to experience a massive boost in your energy levels if you partake in a cleanse, and you’ll positively glow with health.
Couple all of these methods with a good exercise regimen, and you’ll be on the path of functioning optimally throughout your daily life.