Today I’m going to empower you with the “Secret to Weight Loss!” This secret is so obvious that for most people it remains hidden from view. However, once you learn how to apply this weight loss secret, you will be able to harness its power to reshape yourself and your life!
It’s not some exotic, magical formula that will melt away all your excess pounds although it has the power to do just that. You might feel a little silly that you hadn’t thought of it before now. You might even feel frustrated that no one told you this secret especially if you spent good money on diet programs.
The Secret to Weight Loss Revealed!
The secret to weight loss is found in the following formula:
The formula is that simple and the secret to weight loss is in how to apply the formula.
“Calories In” represents the calories you bring into your body through the foods you eat and the beverages you drink.
“Calories Out” represents the calories your body burns up based on your metabolism and the activities you participate in.
If the “Calories In” are greater than the “Calories Out” you will gain weight. If the “Calories In” are less than the “Calories Out” you will loss weight. And, if the “Calories In” are equal to the “Calories Out” your weight will stay the same.
Application of the Secret to Weight Loss
You could have extensive testing done to determine your basal metabolism and how many calories your body burns up per day. You could have somebody analyze your food intake to determine the number of calories you are consuming on a daily basis. But there is an easier method to determine your caloric intake and expenditure. Just ask yourself this one question:
“Has my weight stayed the same over the last four weeks?”
Your answer will reveal what you need to do in relationship to weight loss. If your weight has remained the same over the last four weeks, then your “Calories In” consumption equals your “Calories Out” expenditure.
If your goal is weight loss, then the application of the above formula is extremely powerful because it gives you three methods for losing your weight.
We will discuss these methods in greater detail but first we need to help those who have seen their weight increase over the last 4 weeks. Let’s say you’ve seen a 2 pound weight gain over the last 4 weeks. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. By using the following formula you can calculate (on average) how many extra calories you are consuming on a daily basis over your caloric expenditure:
# of pounds gained times 3500 divided by 28 days equals # of extra calories per day
2 x 3500 divided by 28 = 250 calories per day
By using the above example, you are consuming 250 extra calories each day.
If you use Method 1 to stop the weight gain, then you will need to decrease your caloric intake by 250 calories. If you use Method 2 to stop the weight gain, then you will need to increase your activity level by 250 calories. Or, you could use a combination of Methods 1 & 2 to eliminate the extra 250 calories per day so that your weight remains stable.
Method 1 – Reduce Your Caloric Intake!
The easiest and fastest way to drive your weight loss program is through Method 1. Method 1 doesn’t have to be an extreme program of caloric reduction. Look to eliminate 50 to 100 calories at each of your meals. Here are some suggestions:
To help you in your search for ways to reduce your caloric intake just Google “calorie counting” and you will find a host of very good websites. Ones that can help you find alternative foods and options. Just remember if you try a new product that doesn’t meet your taste standards, than continue looking. Don’t give up and revert back to your old ways.
Also, don’t cut a lot of calories out of your small meals especially breakfast and lunch. To do so will leave you low on energy and may set you up to overeat at your next meal.
Method 2 – Increase Your Caloric Expenditure!
Exercise is the primary way to increase your caloric expenditure but it will not have the same impact on weight loss as Method 1. I know there are a lot of exercise people about to disagree with me but here are the hard cold facts. The average person who weighs 175 lbs and works out at a moderate level for 30 minutes will expend about 250 calories. Remember that small size order of French Fries at 210 calories. It doesn’t take you 30 minutes to eat those French Fries. Exercise is important in weight loss but it is more important to your general overall health. Find activities that will naturally add to your caloric expenditure like:
One of my favorite websites is www.my-calorie-counter.com which allows you to figure out your caloric expenditure by listing your activity, weight and time duration. Plus, they offer other free resources to help you in your weight management journey.
Method 3 – Do Both!
This is the real key to weight management because it works both sides of the equation to drive a more effective weight loss program and weight management lifestyle. It will have a positive impact on your general overall health and be a contributing factor in slowing down the aging process.
Now that you know the “Secret to Weight Loss!” it is up to you to apply it. This secret is not mysterious. It’s not complicated. It has no agenda. It doesn’t sell any type of product. But it works all the time! Enjoy your new found power to take charge of your weight loss by harnessing the power of this equation to reshape yourself and your life.
Until next time, may we both age youthfully!
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