the magical secret to losing weight

on a daily basis, I dont think you cant pick up a magazine, or look at a web site without reading something about some new fancy crazy diet. Don’t eat this type of food….eat more of this…don’t have carbohydrates…eat less meat.

blah blah blah blah

the real secret to losing weight (and not gaining it back) is simple. math

1) first you figure out how many calories your body burns off just existing. There are calorie calculators everywhere, but basically:

For guys – Multiply the body weight by 10; add double the
body weight to this value.
[i.e., for a 150 lb male, 1,500 + (2 x
150)=1,800 cal/day BMR]

For adult females – Multiply body weight by 10; add the body weight
to this value.
[i.e., for a 120 lb female, 1,200 + 120=1,320 cal/day BMR]

2) keep track of what you eat every day. Sign up for a free account on SparkPeople, or pay for an account on Calorie King. Its a pain in the ass, but once you get used to it, it takes a whopping 10 minutes a day to record it all.

3) from there it is real easy.

To not gain weight:
amount of calories consumed needs to be equal to, or less than the amount of calories you burn

to gain weight:

amount of calories consumed needs to be greater than the amount of calories you burn

to lose weight:

amount of calories consumed needs to be less than the amount of calories you burn

you don’t need to “go on a diet”. you don’t need to count points, buy any kit…or even go to the gym for that matter. If you are a normal moderately healthy person, and your thyroid isn’t broken. It will just work.

And….unlike in those crazy infomercials. You actually can eat whatever you want. If you have a donut for breakfast, you’ll have to make up for it later, but you can still have it. If you want to lose weight all the faster. Just eat more lower calorie foods. If you want to lose weight even faster, then go to the gym.

Every diet in existence is bound to fail eventually. No one wants to stick to a certain kind of food for a long time. More often than not, if you are on a diet and are seeing success, at one point or another you rebound. You stop losing weight as fast, or in many case, start to gain weight again, get upset, and then just stop it all together.

make the math work, and everything else will work with it. Sure it is more helpful to go to the gym, and to eat healthy, but those are all just bonus points in my mind. making the calorie numbers work is sort of the base line. You go to the gym, you gain 200 bonus points. Have fruit instead of ice cream, 800 bonus points.

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