We realize that the word ‘diet’ may be nothing less than a horror film for some of our readers. Particularly those individuals who have tried, time and again, to lose weight but come out unsuccessful, dejected and completely hopeless.
What we have to realize is, there is no magic trick to effective weight loss: There is no one simple hack or trick that works like a charm; there is no secret shortcut or miracle that can melt away those extra pounds and have you looking like a movie star. Too many people play into these blatant false promises dished out by marketing giants intended to promote their products.
The first step to an effective diet plan is to be familiar with your own body; because every individual’s internal make-up is inherently different from that of another. Their metabolism rate, their tendency to gain weight, their body’s fat composition, muscle mass, bone density, endurance, stamina, appetite and a million other factors collectively decide how easy or difficult it is for a person to lose weight.
Some people eat like a horse and manage to stay slim and fit regardless. Others may blow up like a balloon if they accidentally smell a chocolate chip cookie. In short, your genetic make-up plays a huge role in deciding what kind of a diet plan along with a workout regimen you should follow.
Measure your calories. The science behind it is simple. If your calorie intake is more than the amount of calories you burn on a daily basis, you are in a calorie surplus and therefore you will gain weight. If you wish to lose weight, then you must take your body into a calorie deficit. Consume less calories than you burn on a daily basis.
How do you go into a calorie deficit? This is the not-so-fun part.
To put it simply, either eat less, or workout more. Or do both. We have heard the old excuse time and again “No matter what I do, it doesn’t work”. We assure you that it is scientifically impossible not to lose weight if you’re in a calorie deficit.