Count Your Calories

You are setting out on your weight loss journey and you aren’t exactly sure where to start. I am sure many of you have been in this predicament, but I am here to help you start in the right direction. Even with the huge debate stating otherwise, it is backed up by evidence that the type of calories you take in does not matter for body fat loss. The number of calories you eat and drink, and use up through daily activities, is closely associated with your weight.

Many people are so set on the fact that a balanced diet is the key to avoiding weight gain. A study done by three medical doctors in 2012, proved that a balanced diet does not help with weight loss. The article found on the Jama Network, entitled Effect of Dietary Protein Content on Weight Gain, Energy Expenditure, and Body Composition During Overeating A Randomized Controlled Trial, analyzed why calories are the main reason why we experience weight gain. It Is not the ratio of protein, fat, and carbs that has anything to do with weight loss. It is simply the amount of calories we are consuming. In the study, 25 mean and women ages 18 to 34 at an extra 1,00 calories a day for eight weeks. Some of the participants at a low-protein diet while others ate a normal or high-protein diet. The results showed that all participants accumulated about the same amount of body fat, even though they ate different amounts of protein in the diets. The study concluded that excess calorie means extra body fat, regardless of where the calories came from. Whether you ate a piece of grilled chicken or a bowl of ice-cream, it’s going to be the same amount of body fat in the long run.

It doesn’t matter what you eat, it only matters how many calories that food contains. If you eat more calories than you expend, you gain weight and vice versa. It’s simple, count your calories and expend more and you’ll be on your way to your weight loss goals.