Losing weight is actually simpler than you think. Your weight is the result of calorie intake and calories burned. If you eat more calories than your body needs in a given day, your body will store this as fat, which will ultimately result in weight gain. Eat less and exercise more, and the result is burnt calories and ultimately weight loss. The way to achieve your desired weight is through physical exercise.
Calories are the amount of energy a food contains. You might have seen the calorie content for many foods, often stated in their packaging. Calories are stated in kcals or kJ meaning kilocalories and kilojoules respectively.
If you feel that you are overweight, your first instinct is to go on a diet. However, the word ‘diet’ is a vague concept, which is often misinterpreted by people and often does not give the desired results. In order to have a successful weight loss plan, one option is to think in terms of calories. The food you eat is a value stating the number of calories and nothing else. You must be religious about calorie counts and make it a habit to check the calorie content for whatever you eat.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Now you must be thinking where do the nutrients such as fats and proteins come in? The basic calorie containing nutrients that provide you with instant energy are fats, carbohydrates and proteins. You will be familiar with diet plans such as an all protein diet. The reason behind abandoning fats is simple, it contains more calories than carbs and proteins. Proteins and carbohydrates contain four calories per gram and fats contain a killer nine calories in every gram.
Carbohydrates and fats are the first in line when it comes to supplying your body with instant energy to perform its functions. When you are not physically active, your body does not need so much energy, so the excess calories are stored as fat – which is why you gain weight. With vigorous physical exercise, you will need more energy, so you can eat a bit more. Maybe even indulge in a guilty pleasure like a slice of chocolate cake?
How do you count the calories?
There are many ways you can keep a record of your calorie intake. You can keep a calorie journal and note down everything you consume alongside the number of calories they contain. However, this daily chore becomes tedious and there are many other easier ways to count your calories. A great way to go about it to actually plan a program that has the intended calorie intake. This will help you to stay one step ahead and stay in control of your calorie intake.
My Daily Log is a great tool for this. You can simply add any food that you like into your plan and click ‘complete’ as you eat the food. You can also record your exercise, so you can see how those calories are being burnt. It’s a very motivating way to stick to a plan as you can see your progress as you move forward.