Weight loss and diet control is a big goal for many people in the UK and across the world. If I lined up 100 people I'm sure I wouldn't be wrong in saying that over 50% of peoples goals within the line would be weight loss. Different diets and different methods of losing weight is becoming more and more popular within the industry, but how effective are they? I will speak to some people and they will tell me how they will only eat 500 calories per day? Others will tell me how they lose 500 calories per day through exercise as a deficit? Which is best?
Well I couldn't disagree more with the first statement. I apologise in calling you out, but girls, you diet in the worst ways. You will restrict yourself from having calories and only have a maximum of 500 per day. You will skip breakfast and just live off maybe a breakfast bar or some snack a jacks maybe? If this is hitting home and you are relating to this, I want you to stop, today!! I know how important it is for you to look good and feel good. I also understand the pressure you are under with the media showing females that look great and you want to look the same. Take it from me, restricting yourself of calories, vitamins and minerals and healthy food is not the way. Burning calories though exercise however is possible and is something you could do. But what if there is more to this than just expenditure of calories burned through exercise.
If you put £100 of fuel into a Ford vehicle and the same into a Ferrari, what vehicle will go the furthest distance? It's safe to say without even doing this experiment the Ford vehicle would go further, correct? A car is quite complex but the body however is even more so and we need to tune into it. There are many reasons why the Ford vehicle will travel further than the Ferrari, the obvious being fuel consumption. Well when we relate this back to our body there are set things we need to think about other than just calories in vs calories out.
To begin with every ones body is completely different to the next persons. So with this being said, just because someone you know is consuming a certain amount of food and drink per day it doesn't mean it will be the same for you. Most of the time when it comes to diet control and losing weight, in the beginning it is a case of trial and error. We as human beings are very open to different methods and as such we need to be open in our approach. Although the analogy above with the vehicles is similar to us, the same rule cannot be applied. All of us will experience varying energy expenditures depending on different factors. Factors such as the macronutrient composition of food is very important to each and every individual looking to change their body. How much Carbohydrate, Protein and Fats you consume within a day is going to determine weight gain, weight loss or a maintenance in weight. There are also other things to consider like the endocrine response to food and what impact certain foods will have on your body in relation to your hormonal system. Finally your digestive system and the rate in which you metabolise your foods will also be different. Therefore I personally think that there is a lot more to the diet process than just counting your calories.
Remember your body is a very complex organism and you need to assess what works for you. My advice would be to trial different foods and see how you feel and what you think works best. This is your body and it is down to you to make choices that are going to help you reach your goal. There is no such thing as a quick fix or short term diet that will get you there.