New Year, New you (and all that jazz right?). Maybe you’ve already said to yourself “This is going to be the year I drop 20lbs.” If your next thought after that was, “where do I start?” then keep reading.
You might have already Googled:
- “What’s the best food for weight loss?”
- “Juicing for weight loss”
- “Best ab exercises”
- “What are the best exercises for weight loss?”
Most people like to focus on that one thing they can change or do in order to lose weight or see their six pack.
I’m going to simplify things for you. Let’s talk about how to really lose weight. For most people, weight loss has a hierarchy of priorities. What I mean by that is, there are a several things you can do, but some are going to have more of an impact than others- basically, don’t focus on the small stuff, So, what’s important then?
For the majority of people, it goes something like this:
What do I mean by that?
First, find out how many calories you should be eating. Think of it as a budget. Only eat what you can “afford” and don’t overdraw your “calorie bank”.
Next focus on Macros (Carbs, Fat and Protein). Focus on protein (it’s more satiating, plus, it requires more calories to digest than fat and carbs- this is called the thermic effect of food) hit your protein goal then eat reasonable amounts of fat and carbs without going over your calorie budget.
Finally, once you have consistently hit your calorie budget, take a look at what you’re eating in greater detail.
What are your food sources?
- If you are eating fast food because it fits your macros, now is the time to scale that down. If your carb sources mostly consist of sugars then try incorporating more complex carbs (oats, grains etc) so you feel satiated longer.
- Eat good fats that provide your body with Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
- Eat veggies with 2/3 of your meals.
Now, I’m not saying that Macros and Content and Food quality don’t matter, they absolutely do. If your body thinks it’s malnourished, you wont lose weight (but that’s a conversation for another day). For most people, for the purpose of weight loss alone, this is how you start.
A good combination of the right number of calories, the right macros and good quality foods will most certainly speed up the process, but if you are doing this alone and don’t know where to start: 1) Calories, 2)Macros, 3)Content.
Happy New Year and good luck with your fitness goals!