30-Second Elevator Pitch on How to Lose Weight
I often get put in situations where I have to explain how to lose weight. My weight loss will come up in conversation (someone else will mention it — I rarely bring it up) and I’ll be expected to reveal my secrets.
There aren’t any secrets as to how I lost weight, of course. You lose weight (and keep it off) by counting calories and practicing moderation.
Unfortunately, I don’t usually get a long time to elaborate on the particulars of how to lose weight (even though I’m more than willing to do so!). Here’s what I generally tell people when they ask how I lost over 100 pounds:
You lose weight by counting calories. What’s that mean? It means you limit the amount of high in calorie food you eat on a daily basis and eat less calories than your body needs. Calories are just units of energy — if you have too much (by eating too much food), you’ll gain weight.
You can find out how many calories food contains online at a variety of websites — I like MyFitnessPal. This is also the same place you can find out roughly how many calories you need on a daily basis to lose weight. As a ballpark figure, you’re looking at somewhere around 1,500-2,200 calories a day, but every person is different depending on age, weight, and metabolism.
After a while, you’ll eventually get to the point where I am today and you won’t have to count calories. You’ll be able to look at a portion size and roughly estimate how many calories it contains (restaurant food aside). Once you’ve studied calories enough for the first 6-12 months or however long you need to, you’ll be able to look at food and calories like Neo looks at The Matrix.
By allowing yourself to splurge on things some might consider “unhealthy” you have a higher chance of continuing on your weight loss journey and keeping the weight off for good once you do lose it. What’s the point of picking the “perfect” diet if you hate what you’re eating and revert back to your old lifestyle in a few weeks/months? Weight loss is a lifelong effort, not a quick gimmick.
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