Dieting? Here’s a Tip to Help You Succeed

Uncompleted diets and lack of will-power may lead you to think that losing weight is a difficult thing to do, but it is really rather easy.

The one single thing you need to do is burn more calories than you eat. I know that It sounds very simplistic and minimal, but that is it in a nutshell.

Your first step is to try to calculate how many calories you are burning daily. There have been studies that have come out over the years that estimate how many calories you burn per day based on your sex, age, weight, height and physical activity. When using these calculations, keep in mind that the number you get gives you an estimate, not a fixed number that never changes day to day. It will vary daily.

Good weight loss is considered to be one to two pounds per week. While it is possible to lose more, it is considered by the experts to be unhealthy for you.

So how many calories do you actually have to cut out of your diet? One pound of body fat equals about 3500 calories. If you want to lose one pound in a week, you need to cut 3500 calories out of your diet per week. While this might sound like a lot, it comes out to only eliminating 500 calories per day.

Your next step is to decide how you want to get rid of that extra weight. You can cut 500 calories out of your diet per day, or increase the amount of calories you burn by 500 calories per day. A combination of these two things is the easiest way to go. If you combine the two methods, not only will you lose weight, but you will be healthier.

So, let’s compare a few snacks to see what kind of choices you have.

(2) oreos = 140 calories, or (1) apple = 65 calories
(1) package of cheese crackers = 230 calories or (1) carrot = 35 calories
(1) donut stick = 230 calories or (1) celery stick = 5 calories

Just switching up these three items alone gets you to 495 less calories per day. Duh!

I think you can see where I’m going here. Yeah, I know that you will have to go to the trouble of washing and preparing the apple, carrot and celery, but it’ll be worth it. I found an easy way to do this. I buy, wash, divide into portions and package for a week’s worth of snacks once a week. I keep them fresh using a vacuum food sealer. You can seal them in bags or small canisters. You can take them with you to work, to the park or any place you need to go. That way, you aren’t tempted to grab a bag of junk food. As an added bonus, you will save a lot of money.

Once you start to see the steady and consistent weight loss, it will be easy to stick to this method. You won’t have to starve yourself or work out every single day to achieve your weight loss goal. Just remember that slow and steady wins the race.

Go to the USDA website and view the My Pyramid page for the calculations you need to determine your best choices for weight loss.