The # 1 Rule for Weight Loss

And it's simpler than you think

This is so simple you might think I’m mad for writing a blog post about it. But, in the age of too much information and especially at a time when a lot of information provided is intended to sell us a product, we might forget the simplest truth about weight loss.

The simplest truth is that when the energy we intake from the foods and drinks we eat is less than the energy we expend through movement and biological processes, this results in weight loss. So, what does this mean for you? It means that you need to be aware of these two factors if you are considering reducing your bodyweight. The easiest way to do this is to keep a food diary, to note the caloric value of everything you ingest each day. You would also then need to work out what your Basal Metabolic Rate is (any online calculator can give you a rough estimate based on gender, bodyweight and height). While an online BMR calculator can’t take into account your own unique body composition (for example, the more lean muscle you have the higher you BMR should be), it will give you a ball part figure.

Now, there are so many factors you would need to consider when planning a weight loss strategy. For example, your metabolic type, what your current fitness routine is (if any), what your lifestyle needs are, dietary restrictions, medical conditions and so on. But, for the most part, you simply need to create a caloric deficit for weight loss.

So, don’t be fooled, or intimidated by that great wall of information out there. It really is just that simple.

Samar Habib is a writer, researcher and educator who lives in California. She’s passionate about reducing suffering and increasing compassion in the world, one mind at a time. When she’s not busy figuring out how things work and how they could be working better, you’ll find her sharing what she’s learned in seminars, public lectures, books and online courses. In fact, you can check out more of her lifestyle management hacks by taking her course Quantum Mind: Stop Suffering and Take Back Your Life. You can get in touch with her on drsamarhabib [at] email [dot] com

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