To lose fat you need to take in less calories than you burn. This is the foundational to any dieting approach. Any dieting approach should be a strategy to consistently stay in a caloric deficit.
Yet walk into a bookstore, make some google searches, or participate on online discussions and you will quickly see how obsessive people within the fitness community can be over minor nuances.
The bodybuilding type diet obsessively classifies foods as clean or unclean. The paleo diet limits a person to solely meats, healthy fats, and only carbs from fruits and vegetables. The keto diet pushes for extraordinarily high amounts of fat and ridiculously low amount of carbohydrates. Intermittent fasting focuses on periods of fasting and windows of consuming large amounts of food.
All these diets have their pros and can be very useful for people depending on their lifestyle, personality, and habits.
The issue which I observe is that people often get so caught up in the additional benefits presented by choosing which types of foods to eat that people all together miss the foundation of dieting.
The foundation of dieting is again consuming less calories than you burn. All the diets that are presented today will only work if we maintain a caloric deficit.
I don’t want to neglect the importance of eating certain types of food, but let’s simplify the concept of dieting before we get into discussing that.
Dieting is like a budget. Depending on your workout routine, you have a certain amount of calories within a week to budget.
The higher in calories a food, the less you will be able to spend on calories for the rest of the day or week. If you go over on one day, you will have to take away from another day. Know your budget. Plan your budget. Make your budget flexible.
All that matters is that you hit a caloric deficit. If you do so, you will lose weight.
Just remember to get 1 gallon of water a day, plenty of vitamins and minerals, and ample amounts of fiber (10 g per 1,000 calories).
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