Wanna Be Successful At Losing Weight? Ask Yourself This Question

January 12, 2012   Filed under weight loss

Now when you are trying to lose weight there is something that you need to ask yourself before you actually begin. This question depends on what your goal really is. Is your goal weight gain or weight loss? Answering these questions is of paramount importance, because this answer will tell you what methods you need to follow to get to your goal.

Generally, if you’re doing weight loss, you need about 500 calories less than you would normally take in with your BMR, which is basal metabolic rate. If you’re doing a weight gain, let’s say like a body builder, a body builder usually needs to take in about 500 more calories to supply the body with enough energy to make the muscle mass you are actually asking for.

When you are going for weight loss, you need to ask yourself what you are doing in the first place. If you are just doing the weight loss, you can just as easily diet down doing a negative 500 calories based on BMR (which is too in-depth to go into right now) and activity level. However, generally you want to get into that 500 calorie range.

Once you have a goal and you know you’re going to stick with it, and then food selection becomes very easy for you. However, the foods that you can eat will always be changing from day to day. Many people try to institute negative calories at this point. This is when you ingest something that costs more to digest than it gives you for energy. Yet, there is no magic cure for weight loss and you shouldn’t search for one. You’ve just got to figure out your formula and stick to your formula as you go along in your weight loss journey.

The first thing you need to do is to start journaling your food. This will help you figure out how many calories your consuming now. This will give you a baseline for future changes. However, it all starts with journaling what you’re eating at this every moment.

I saw a TV show about a woman who was nearly a ton in weight. Moreover, this woman really didn’t know how much she was eating and she was actually eating too little actually I should say. When you don’t ingest enough food (or calories), your fat cells get bigger. This allows them to capture and store a greater amount of calories. Your body gets more efficient at running on less energy and it also makes you fatter in the process. So once those fat cells started getting a little bit more food, not over the amount, she actually started losing weight. This woman lost 10 pounds in that first week after working with the dietician. This brought her 10 pounds closer to her goal of getting gastric bypass surgery. A potentially lifesaving surgery that they felt she needed. I have to tell you that if you’re serious about losing weight, then you are serious about journaling. Journaling is not an option. It’s something you have to do.

So all this stuff about, “I should be eating apples because of malic acid or I should be eating grapefruits,” or any of those kinds of diets is hogwash. Weight loss is wholly dependent on your wants and needs. Your goals are what directs it. That goal is what tells you what you should and shouldn’t eat during a day. You really shouldn’t start a diet until you see your doctor and you should start journaling your foods because that is the first step to actually losing weight because you need to know where you are in addition to you need to look at your current exercise schedule and figure out how many calories that’s burning or if you’re not exercising, that is actually pretty easy, but if you’ve got any kind of active job you want to figure that out and you need to ask yourself how fast you’re intending to get to that goal because that could change up how many calories you’re actually intaking or not intaking or you should be intaking. All this is made possible by figuring out what you really want out of your diet and exercise program. If you do all the necessary steps, then your weight loss success is all but secured.

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