There are a lot of questions, myths, and facts when it comes to losing weight. And for some obese people, these issues sometime can make them confused in determining the options of weight loss that they should follow. In general, you will lose your weight when the daily calories that you eat (calories input) are lower than the daily calories that you burn (calories output). In general, the key is ‘eat less and get moving more’!
The answer can vary from man to man and woman to woman. Generally, it is closely dependent on several factors particularly such as your gender, age, and the level of your physical activity. For instance, if you are a woman in the age of 19-30 with Body Mass Index of 21.5 and go with moderately active, your calorie requirement per day is about 2000-2200 calories.
And if you constantly only get 1200 calories per day from your diet, this means your calories output can be greater than your calories input – so thus you will lose weight. But getting only 1200 calories per day is not always easy, particularly for people with overweight who get used with eating a lot of foods every day.
Therefore, it’s much better to get the minimum level of your calories requirement and increase your physical activity level!
See also the calories requirements between men and women from different age and physical activity level on this section!
You may have an idea to drastically cut your calories or even you stop eating in order to burn more pounds of your weight fast. Yap… This may provide a significant weight loss at short time. But in fact, it also can lead to a crash diet that can be very harmful for your health. If you do love your health, this idea must be avoided.
Furthermore, as well we know that having good metabolic rate is crucial for weight control, including for losing weight. When you don’t eat and skip all your meals, you can cut your daily calories to much lower than 1000. And at short time, the excessive pounds of your weight will melt away.
But when you get used with eating few calories (much lower than the minimum of your daily calories requirement), this can be very bad for your metabolic rate.
And once you get back to your normal diet, your body will burn the calories from foods that you eat more slowly. Slower performance of burning calories in the body due to poor metabolic rate is bad for your weight control. As a result, then you are easier to get back your overweight problem.
Any physical activity that you do can help. Even a little movement of your body requires energy from burning calories. So, running every day can be potential to help lose more pounds of your excessive weight faster.
However, having regular exercise doesn’t mean you can eat all what you want.
Still, you need to stick with a well balanced diet and watch on your calories input – because burning a lot of calories is almost useless for your weight loss program when you also get a lot of calories from your diet, isn’t it?
But running every day is not always easy for everyone, especially for obese people. If you are physically inactive or sedentary individual, don’t jump directly to take heavy exercise such as running every day. Increase the intensity of your exercise gradually to avoid injury!
Yap, it works. Some studies found that people who get plenty of water every day is less likely to have weight problem than other who don’t. Drink 1 or 2 glasses of water before your meal! This can suppress your appetite during meal because you will feel a little bit fuller with more liquid in your stomach.
And did you know that keeping hydrated also can help improve your metabolism?If you are being dehydrated or even mildly dehydrated, this can make the metabolism of your body work more slowly. And having poor metabolic rate means your body will work slower in burning calories (you are more difficult in losing weight) – as noted before!
However, drinking a lot of water doesn’t mean you can drink water much higher than what your body needs. Just make sure to get plenty of liquid a day to ensure your body keep hydrated!
Furthermore, keeping hydrated is only one of many issues you need to concern when it comes to losing weight. In other words, it cannot work alone. So, you still need to follow other appropriate steps to get the goal of your weight loss fast such as regular exercise, having plenty of sleep every day, reducing foods high in calories in your diet, and so on.
Yes, you can. The reason is due to the high amounts of calories in soda.
1 conventional serving of soda (about 12 ounces in weight) contains about 124 to 189 calories. So, if you can restrict drinking soda in your diet, this can help reduce your calories input which means will be helpful to restore your weight back to normal faster. See also other beverages high calories!
According to a Dutch study, vegetarian people are less likely to have weight problem than non-vegetarian people. This reasonable since foods high in fiber are more common found in vegetarian diet. On the other hand, non-vegetarian diet is often associated with eating more fatty foods.
Foods high in fiber can help lose weight.
Fiber is slower digested in your digestive system. Eating plenty of fiber from diet means you will get more volume of food with fewer calories. Fiber also can help anyone feel fuller and longer. Find in-depth information about the role of fiber in a weight loss diet in this previous post!
Some women report that they gain weight due to birth control pills – is it a fact or only a myth?
There are few kinds of birth control pills that can be potential to cause weight gain. Nevertheless, if your pills do have an effect – they doesn’t significantly affect your weight gain.
If you do gain weight because your birth-control pills, the effect of the pill is only about 1-2 pounds of weight gain. Again, a weight change (either weight gain /loss) is more likely caused by how many calories that you eat and burn.
But if you do concern whether your pills have an effect to your weight, consult more with your doctor.