Losing weight is quite easy. At least, in theory, it is.
The simplest way to put it is to burn more calories than you eat.
In simple terms, if you burn 2000 calories per day it would be best to eat 400-600 calories less. Most persons like to stay around the 1500-1600 range.
To lose a pound you need to be in a caloric deficit of 3500 calories per week.
You may visually look at your food and think “This isn’t that much. I should be on track with this.”
But, unless you’re a pro at tracking your food you’ve probably underestimated the correct caloric value of your food.
I know this because I’ve lived this.
At one point I hit a plateau in my journey and I couldn’t figure out why. I exercised six days per week and I thought I was in a caloric deficit. I also drank my water and tried to get a decent amount of sleep, but nothing helped.
So I circled back around to my food. Although I was tracking my food I wasn’t using correct measurements.
So, I bought a food scale. I bought it for $9. Click Here.
A few days after using the food scale, my weight started to move again. I truly underestimated the caloric value of my food even though I’ve been doing this for over six months.
I not only track my food I also track my liquid intake. A lot of persons don’t pay attention to what they drink not thinking about the hidden calories. But you definitely should, along with your condiments and vitamins. Those calories add up!
I also track my water intake to make sure I hit my water goal. Once again my competitive nature helps me to stay on track. I don’t like to lose so I do my best to drink my water each day.
Tracking your exercise and your daily activity may also be a good idea. But, not everyone may be able to purchase an activity tracker/smartwatch. But there are online tools that can give you an estimate of what amount of calories you burn during activities. Google is your friend.
You don’t have to track any of these if you’ve already mastered these. But if you’re just starting out I would most definitely at least try it for a few weeks.
I know it can be tedious at first, but after a while, it truly becomes second nature!
Accountability is one of the best tools in our weight loss journey. So give it a go you may just enjoy it.
Remember the first step is trying and the next step is not giving up when things get hard!
Keep going! If no one else believes in you know that I do. You’ve got this!
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