I’ve been getting lots of messages regarding diet and weight loss. So I thought I would share a no-nonsense breakdown that has worked for me and many of my clients.
In a nutshell, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to burn more calories than you are eating. This is controlled by your eating plan or diet (hate that word!). This is a statement that has been made at nauseam.
Does this mean you have to calorie count?!
NO… there are many ways to sustainably cut calories without having to count them.
Do you have to calculate your caloric needs?
NO… you can make adjustments as you go depending on your results.
Does this mean I should eat junk food?
NO… because you’d be hungry and feel like crap. Better if you picked unprocessed foods like non-starchy veg and other low calorie fibrous foods and lean protein. These foods are the most filling without the extra calorie burden.
When it comes to how many meals a day, it doesn’t matter. It’s recommended 3-4 times a day but it varies. Whatever you choose, be consistent with it and the amount of food in each meal. Make adjustments when necessary.
Diet does matter more than exercise. When we lose weight, we want to lose mostly fat. Resistance training helps us keep our muscle and bone density. Cardio training allows us to eat a little bit more than if we were just being idle. Sleep is also important for recovery and weight loss.