Body weight can be a frustrating thing. You don’t pay attention to it and then one day…BOOM…you’re 10lbs heavier and feel like crap. In fact, frustration maybe one of the milder emotions you feel at that point in time.
Even worse than the problem of being overweight is that the losing weight seems to be very complicated. Every day, articles pop up with titles like ‘The one simple trick to lose weight’. If only it were that easy!
Let’s take all the complicated stuff out of the equation and talk about the underlying principals of weight loss. If you understand the principals; the rest is much easier.
This may sting...
Here comes the hard-to-swallow part. The truth is that YOU are the reason you gained the weight in the first place. That may sting (really bad) but it’s reality. Most people know this, they just don’t want to admit it. Have you ever chosen junk food over something healthier? Maybe you thought ‘screw it, I’m going to have a cheat meal, one cheat meal won’t hurt, right?’
This kind of thinking is okay if you are content with the consequences. But what if you’re not okay with the con
If you’re not okay with the results, then continue reading. The objective here is to educate you on the problem of modern eating and then to show you how to actually make progress. Because, without understanding the problem, how can you expect to have a solution?
The problem of modern-day eating is that we are eating too many Calories, which are a measure of energy. It’s all too easy to consume more Calories/energy than we are expending in a day. Fast food, yummy deserts, eating out, they’re all part of the problem but they all lead to a single cause: eating too many Calories. When we eat too many Calories our body likes to store them as fat (i.e. additional inches around our waist and other places).
I like to use a money analogy when explaining Calories, it’s something we can all relate to:
When you burn more Calories than you consume you are in something called a ‘Calorie deficit’, if this is done consistently you will lose body fat. Without consistently being in a Calorie-deficit, you will not lose fat. It is scientific fact.
Example of how Calorie-deficits work
This results in a Calorie Deficit of 500 Calories/day (2700-2200=500). If he does this every day this would result in Jim losing 1lb of body fat per week (3500Kcals per week)
What does this mean for you?
If you want to actually lose weight then you must take some real-world action (not just telling yourself that you’re going to start on Monday). The good news is that exercise/walking more/training is ONE of those steps, but you can’t out-train a bad diet (you can’t really out-train a mediocre diet).
Your bad eating could be sabotaging the progress you would otherwise be making from your time in the gym. If you’re putting lots of time and effort into your training, can you afford to not change how you eat?