If you’ve tried countless times to lose weight through diet and exercise, the problem may not have been what you were eating or the amount that you were working out. Rather, your plan may have been too ambitious to begin with. Most people who give up on diets or workout regimens do so because they attempt to take on too much before they are ready.
Real, manageable weight loss comes at a steady rate and requires no overexertion. In fact, just by making a handful of small adjustments to the way you eat and go about your day, you can begin to burn fat on a consistent basis.
If your goal is to forge a six-pack, it is pertinent to know that abs are truly made in the kitchen. This is because shedding those last few pounds to finally reveal your abdominal muscles requires a strict diet, often regardless of how much you are exercising.
If, on the other hand, you are simply trying to shed as much fat as humanly possible, you have some room for error. Either way, you should begin by eliminating the primary sources of your caloric surplus. Stop drinking soda and sugary drinks entirely and drink only water instead.
Eliminate fried foods from your diet, begin reading nutritional labels (and avoiding saturated fats and trans-fats like the plague), and ensure that you are getting the necessary vitamins and minerals to properly shed fat. Consume Omega-3 fatty acids, taking a supplement if necessary.
Replace white flour products with whole grains, and try to limit your intake of simple carbohydrates. These are all very minor changes that, when added up, result in a sizeable caloric deficit. If you have trouble committing, enact these changes one by one until you reach the point where you can stick with all of them. You will hardly notice a difference after just a few weeks.
In order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. That is ultimately the single and sacred formula behind weight loss. A caloric surplus can be achieved through limiting how much you eat via your diet or by expending additional calories through exercise. Often, healthy weight loss is executed through a combination of these two. Luckily, exercise does not necessarily have to mean spending hours at the gym every day.
One of the most simple things that you can do is take a walk or short jog every morning. This will not only burn the nominal calories that you will expend through the jog itself, but it will also jumpstart your metabolism for the rest of the day, making you burn more calories even as you sit at your desk or watch television.
Another simple thing you can do is begin taking the stairs instead of the elevator every day. Believe it or not, such an elementary change can cost you several hundred calories a day, resulting in a pound of fat shed every week.