The benefits of weight loss
Updated: Jan 17
Weight or body fat?
Excess body fat can negatively affect every aspect of life, including:
poorer emotional health and self-esteem
increased risk of organ failure
Poorer circulatory health
increased risk of heart disease
increased risk of stress fractures
increased risk of strokes
increased risk of cancers
decreased sexual and reproductive health
About 95% of those who are overweight go on repeated diets, only to gain most or all the weight back within one year.
You need to know that there are only three things you can actually do with your weight,
You achieve all three through different modifications of the exact same thing.
The following is an easy to understand "how-to" guide to diet and weight control.
I will explain how to make your weight do what you want it to do using the simple process of calorie counting.
Let's start at the beginning...
Weight control means being in control of your weight. This is your ultimate goal.
Weight loss, weight gain, and weight maintenance are the three things you can do once you reach this goal.
Calories are everything.
Read it again if you have to.
Forget carbs, forget fat, forget protein.
Forget every single thing you've ever heard about diet and nutrition.
Weight control is all about calories.
This is not a gimmick or a diet fad either. This is the proven science of the human body.
Calories In vs Calories Out
Everything you eat and drink contains calories.
From biscuits, sweets, chips and fizzy drinks, to whole wheat bread, grilled chicken, broccoli, orange juice AND alcohol... they all contain calories.
Because these are the calories you are taking in, they are calories in.
Everything you do burns calories.
Calories are energy.
Your body uses calories for everything it has to do.
From intense exercise like running and weight training to everyday tasks like standing and tying your shoes and activities like gardening and walking... they all burn calories.
Did you know that your body actually uses a ton of calories every single day even when you aren't doing anything?
Keeping your body alive and functioning burns lots of calories.
Include things like walking, housework and gardening.
Because these are the calories your body is burning and using up, they are calories out.
Weight control is all about calories in and calories out.
If you consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight.
If you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight.
And, if you both burn and consume the same number of calories, your weight stays the same.
How To Reach Your Specific Weight Control Goal Through Calorie Counting
An app such as MyFitnessPal helps you to take control of your goals by tracking calories and breaking down the ingredients.
Study after study has confirmed the benefits of keeping track of the food you eat and the activity you do.
It's simple - the more you track your food intake, the more likely you are to lose weight.
That's why every successful weight management program suggests that you keep a food diary.
But recording everything you eat without the right tools can be tedious at best, or impossible at worst.
You can log your meals easily and as quickly as possible.
Because the easier that is, the more likely you are to stay on track, and the more likely you are to succeed in your weight loss goals.
Ben Yates is a personal trainer based at Places Gym Hinckley and Hinckley Leisure Centre in Leicestershire.
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