I know the million-dollar secret to losing weight.
It’s stupid simple.
The common denominator to losing weight, proven 100% of the time is . . .
maintaining a calorie deficit.
What? You already knew that. Then why is it that people go to the extremes like adhering to some crazy diet, slashing out carbs completely, or doing hours upon hours of cardio to lose weight?
Let’s break it down:
FACT: People do lose weight on diets.
Keto diets are successful because people tend to feel “fuller” based on the volume of fat they eat. Intermittent fasting works because there are less hours to eat in the day. Paleo diets work because people eat more natural foods and less calorie-dense and processed foods.
The denominator: decreasing the amount of calories eaten.
FACT: People gain weight on diets that are meant for weight loss.
Keto diets fail when people eat their fats in a surplus. Intermittent fasting fails when people just eat everything they were eating beforehand in a shorter time period. Paleo diets fail when you simply eat more calories than needed.
The denominator: eating an excess amount of calories.
The takeaway is to be mindful of what you put in your body, but not to stress out over a treat now and then. Right now, you might be thinking that all diets are a cult and that you should eat In-N-Out every day.
THIS IS FALSE.
If you eat poorly, your body won’t know what to do with all the processed carbs and fats besides turn it into fat. Your body isn’t special. We all lose weight and keep it off by doing the same thing– by cutting calories in a healthy way. There is no pill, no specific workout.
Vegetables, natural fats, and lean proteins will always be the kings that rule over you.
So, go ahead. Slam-dunk that midnight snack if (and only if!) you know that you’ll still be at a calorie deficit after eating those calories. Fueling your body shouldn’t be a chore.
*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!