There are really only two ways to lose weight. There are countless variations of these two ways, but still only really two. I will get to these shortly.
But first, let me tell you my story. I have tried and used countless diets over the years. I am what you would call a yo-yo dieter. I lose weight and feel as if I am going to keep it off forever. This is a strange phenomenon. Every time I lose weight I think that I will never go back to old habits. Yet I do. Every time!
Here are just a few of the diets I have lost weight on:
Steak and eggs diet- nothing but steak and eggs.
Low Carb Diet- meat and veggies diet.
Food Combining- Eating only carbs together or only protein together. Never shall the two meet. I actually wrote a book about this and at one point was making 10k a month selling it. I will post about this soon.
Chinese food diet- I shit you not. I ate nothing but Chinese food for a month or so and lost weight. I ordered “healthy” and was running quite a bit, but it worked.
Calorie Restriction- log your food and stay under a certain amount of calories. This sucks, but it works.
One meal a day diet- one meal, whatever you want. Not as easy as it sounds.
This is just a short list. I have also done most of the “name” diets. South Beach. Atkins. Fit For Life. The Abs Diet. Cybertrim from Cybergenics back in the nineties. Lots and lots of diets.
They all work to some degree. The reason is this.
There Are Really Only Two Ways To Lose Weight.
After trying almost every diet on the planet there is one thing I can say unequivocally. There are really only two ways to lose weight.
There are countless variations of these two ways as with everything. But in the end, only two ways.
Limit Your Carbohydrates
Get your carbohydrates low enough and your body will go into ketosis. This means your body will start burning fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.
Along with getting your body to burn fat, it has another added benefit. It stabilizes your blood sugar. You know that super ravenously hungry feeling you get sometimes? That is when your blood sugar gets too low. It usually happens after eating something sugary or refined. These types of foods tend to cause a spike in blood sugar and then a subsequent crash. When it crashes you get super hungry. Eliminating or drastically lowering your carbs, keeps this from happening.
So what happens after a week or so is you start to naturally do the other thing which helps you lose weight.
Limit Your Calories
Yes, after a while eating low carb you tend to get satisfied with lesser food. This happens rather quickly once you stabilize your blood sugar. This is the second way to lose weight. Limit your calories. At the end of the day, this is what ALL diets really do anyways. You start working out and eating a certain way and you lose weight. 99.9 percent of the time it is only for the simple fact that you are burning more than you are taking in. It isn’t because of some special way of eating or timing.
This is really quite easy to do nowadays. Almost all restaurants have calories listed on the menu. Also, there are man food logging apps which have most foods already listed and you just search for your meal and log it.
But if you really want to speed up the weight loss, you will need one more component.
That’s right. When you exercise for 20-40 minutes a day it really ups your chances of seeing success. If you burn 400 calories on the treadmill, it makes that late night slip up a little less sabotaging. Sometimes those calories you burned can be the difference between staying in your caloric deficit or going over it.
Like I say, simple but not easy. Stay tuned for more articles as I start my own weight loss cut for the year. I have already started running and will be posting some progress soon. The posts will get longer as well. I have a lot on my plate right now.