The Secret To Weight Loss
Guess what... it’s not a secret! The main way to lose weight is to be in a calorie deficit. This means that you take in less calories than the amount of calories you need to maintain your body weight.
All these fad diets (paleo, weight watchers, low carb, low fat, intermediate fasting, detoxing, etc. ) they all are essentially doing the same thing; putting you in a calorie deficit.
So what does that mean? If I currently eat enough calories to stay at maintenance but start to exercise, while I exercise I will be burning these calories and at the end of the day I will be in a calorie deficit. If I don’t exercise but start to cut calories from my maintenance amount then I will be in a calorie deficit.
Both exercising and altering calories can create a calorie deficit environment. When this occurs on a consistent bases, you will start to drop weight as your body adjusts to a weight in which it can maintain itself with the amount of calories you are currently giving it.
This does NOT by any means mean that you need to workout 7x a week and starve yourself! If you want to lose weight do it in a healthy manner over time. This is much more sustainable and healthier for your body and you will be much more likely to keep the weight off.