With fad diets constantly popping up, new guaranteed fat loss programs, or even "fat blastin'" supplements, we forget that one of the simplest ways to achieve lasting success is to throw this all aside and just eat.
No matter how healthy a specific food is if you are eating a calorie surplus you will put on weight. There is no way around it.
Now not are calories are created equal there is no denying that. Your physiological response to sugar will be different than oatmeal which will be different then wild caught salmon. Eating clean, low glycemic food, whole foods plays a significant role in your fat loss success but at the end of the day it still comes down to calories.
But even calories can get confusing!
After all no one wants to weigh or measure food. Not everyone wants to constantly be thinking about how many calories in this and how many in that.
Thinking about calories on a day to day basis can get frustrating. It leaves little room for error and almost no room for life.
What do I mean by life?
What if your friends want to go have a sushi feast? Are you going to say no because you do not want to go over your daily calories?
Everyone needs room in there diets to indulge once in a while and "counting" calories day to day can make this difficult.
A simpler approach to fat loss is to think about your food and calorie intake on a weekly basis rather than a daily basis. This will create flexibility in your diet program and will reduce the majority of the stress that can come with shedding those extra pounds.
If one day you end up eating more than you should just eat a little less the next day. Better yet try a fast for the entire day or a portion there of.
At the end of the week if you are in a calorie deficit you will have success!
Now don't use this as an excuse to have pizza every other night and just eat less on the days in between but rather take this concept and implement it into your diet to make things more enjoyable and less stressful.
If you slip up one day know that it is not the end of world and you will just make up for it the next day, or two, by eating a little less. It can really be this simple you just need to remain conscious about your decisions.
Don't just roll through life eating what gets put in front of you. If you do decide to eat some that that birthday cake make a conscious decision to do so and tomorrow make up for it.
Your diet doesn't need to be 1500 calories everything single day. It can be 2000 one day, 1200 the next, 1365 after that, then 1650. I would even argue that inconsistency would yield better results.
Just remember that if fat loss is your goal, you need to eat a calorie deficit, and that needs to be your target at the end of each week. Do that and fat loss can turn into a much more enjoyable journey.
Now when your friends ask you to go out for that sushi feast you can say yes!
Live Your Best Life!