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Friday, July 27, 2012

The Best Way to Lose Weight: Fad Diets Vs The Old Tried and True

There are so many options out there for going about losing weight that it can seem overwhelming.

Which is the best program to use? What rules do I have to remember about what foods to eat? What's the optimal exercise regimen for burning fat?

With so many different rules it's very easy for someone to burn themselves out thinking about all of this.

In addition, someone may have some success with one program (i.e. no carbs) and swear by it for any future attempts at losing weight or for providing advice on losing weight.

In reality that program may not be the best one to use because of the inability to sustain it for a lifelong change or the fact that it's just plain not good for you.

Also every diet is different for every person and what works best for one may not work for another.

There are probably as many different avenues of opinion on what works for weight loss as there are different fingerprints.

It's completely understandable that one would want to lose as much weight as possible as fast as possible and this is where they get duped by different companies or people peddling their numerous fad diets that may bring results but are not healthy in the long run.

So what, you ask, IS the best way to lose weight?

In all honesty, it's probably smart to stick with conventional tried and true wisdom.

That wisdom? Watch what you eat and exercise.

It may not be the fastest route but it is by far the smartest and most healthy route.

In essence the main thing you have to remember is that a diet is a simple balance of calories in versus calories out.

If you burn more calories than you take in then you'll lose weight.

If you take in more calories than you burn then you'll gain weight.

It's as simple as that.

The best way to burn calories is to exercise.

The simpler option would be to eat less and take in even less calories and just let your natural metabolism work.

There are many ways to do this but the best is to be aware of your Basal Metabolic Rate and eat or exercise accordingly.

This is the point where someone will probably ask what a healthy calorie intake is to not go into starvation.

The baseline is 1200-1400 calories for women, 1600-2000 calories for men.

Figure out your BMR and it's just a simple calculation to figure out from there.

I could spend hours on this topic and I will expand on all this in a later article.

So what do we have in summary?

Essentially, there are so many diets out there that it's easy to get confused, but the best method is the one that's been around since before anyone can remember, that is simply eat right and exercise.

Just remember it's calories in versus calories out, the less you eat and the more you burn the more weight you'll lose.

That's the best way, the most sustainable for long term lifestyle change, and the healthiest.

It's what worked for me and it can and will work for you if you give it a chance.

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