The Weight Loss Journey: Things To Know, Choices To Make
Many people start off every New Year with weight loss goals and challenges which they often ditch halfway through January. Many others embark on the weight loss journey and stick to it fervently but never really achieve the goal. Some stick to it through and through but are unaware of how to measure their daily success. And little successes can be big motivators.
It is not because they don’t mean to lose weight. Neither is it because they don’t have a plan. Most of them do. But the real challenge lies in the lack of sufficient knowledge about the journey they have chosen to embark on. If you must do something, you better do it right, right? This article will help you make sense of the journey and also make you understand the choices you need to make as well as the results to expect.
What You Need To Know
Every human body needs a certain amount of calories every day in to maintain their existing mass. This specific daily amount is known as calorie maintenance level. It comprises the approximate number of calories required by the body to perform daily actions adequately, for example; exercising, walking around the house, pumping blood, keeping organs functioning properly, etc. Our bodies use calories for energy, hence the need to maintain our calorie level in order to function properly.
As you probably already know, our daily food and drinks intake is what supplies our bodies with calories. That is to say that just the exact amount of daily calorie consumption and loss keeps our body weight the same. For instance, if my calorie maintenance level is 1500 and I consume and burn 1500 calories every day, my weight doesn’t change at all. All of the calories you consume would be lost (or “burned”). Giving your body only the amount of calorie it needs helps to maintain your weight. No more, no less.
However, exceeding your calorie maintenance level by taking more calories than you need will result in your body storing the excess calorie as fat. That is to say, if your maintenance level was 1500 calories, and you consumed 2000 calories daily, weight gain is the resultant effect. Bite the amount of food you can chew. Gain the amount of calorie you can burn.
That’s how it works.
If you, alternatively, go the opposite direction by giving your body fewer calories than it needs, your body will convert your stored body fat into energy for use instead. The resultant effect is weight loss. So, the rules apply here also. If your maintenance level per day is 1500 calories, consuming 1000 calories daily will lose your weight.
Essentially, only ingest the specific number of calories that your body needs or burns each day to retain your current weight. Consume more calories than your body needs or burns to gain weight. And of course, consume less than your body needs or burns to lose weight.
Choices to Make
A lot of folks believe that just the right exercises are enough to successfully lose weight. Others think that just the right dieting habit will take you there. Well, the facts say you need both of them to achieve a wholesome weight loss goal. In order to attain the weight loss nirvana, you need to make dieting and exercising a habit in your normal everyday life.
Dieting (Consuming Fewer Calories)
The first and most obvious way to achieve weight loss is by taking in fewer calories daily. If your body needs 1500 calories and you give it 1000 calories, you are officially in a caloric shortfall, meaning that you are supplying your body with fewer calories than it needs to maintain your current weight. Following through with this will guarantee weight loss.
Exercising (Burn More Calories)
Exercising is another way to achieve weight loss. Exercising leads to burning of more calories. Earlier I mentioned that your daily calorie maintenance level is the number of calories that your body burns daily. Knowing the right exercises to perform, how much of it is required, and the exact time to stop or do more is important to achieve the set goal.
If you make your body burn extra calories each day through some form of exercise, a caloric deficit would then exists. A caloric deficit ultimately means weight loss.
Using the same illustration, if you take in 1500 calories daily, and you usually burn 1500 calories per day, your current mass is maintained. If you then burn an extra 500 calories through exercise, a caloric deficit comes into existence. Consuming 500 fewer calories daily accrues the same deficit as burning extra 500 deficit daily.
Give or take, the existence of a caloric deficit is established and that in turn means the weight loss is happening and will keep happening if the process is retained.
Dieting & Exercising (Consuming Fewer Calories and Burning More Calories)
Any qualified expert who knows his/her science will tell you that the best way to achieve weight loss is by combining dieting and exercising. This means consuming fewer calories and burning more. Works like a charm! Studies (you cannot doubt science now, can you?) have shown that people who apply both dieting and exercising have a higher chance of maintaining their weight loss long term compared those who chose to do one of both. Also, from a general health perspective, doing both is more beneficial. For the avoidance of doubt, let me say it…both are better. Do both.
When you have successfully acquainted yourself with this knowledge and made your choice on how to follow through it, only then will your weight loss journey commence. Only then will you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve and how to go about it.
Only then will you be able to confidently move to the next phase where you get to ask yourself the necessary questions. Which diet supplement am I adopting? How much of it do I need? How much exercise do I require? How do I measure my progress? Only then, dear friend, does your journey begin.