“The New Science of Fat Loss” – Article thanks to Livestrong.com

This was too good not to share! This is in no way promoting, blah, blah, blah the website but the article presents some new information that I thought you might find helpful.

Covered is new scientific info followed by a discussion around two basic ideas that I’ve talked about a few times, in different ways – there is more than 1 way to lose weight and it may take time and experimentation to find the way that works best for you. – And – it’s important to do some sort of food / exercise tracking, at least at first, to see how much you are REALLY eating (and what) and exercising versus how much you THINK you are.

Check out the article. The author is Adam Bornstein who wrote for the Livestrong.com website.

“The New Science of Fat Loss”

– by Adam Bornstein, article reprinted in it’s entirety from Livestrong.com

It’s been said that you need to burn 3500 calories to lose a pound. Whether you’re exercising more, eating less food—or some combination of the two—just thinking about that many calories could be an intimidating experience.

And now, a new study shows that the 3500 calorie estimate might not even be accurate. For some people, it could be a good thing: The research indicates you might need a smaller calorie deficit to drop weight, while others have to burn more calories to see changes on the scale. No matter how you look at it, this new revelation did something more important than put a number on what it takes to be healthy. It revealed a secret that should change the way you view your body.

I’ve been preaching for years that there isn’t just one successful way to shed fat. While different techniques have their perceived (and scientifically supported) benefits, the real secret is trial and error. You have to find out what works best for your life, your schedule, and your preferences. Some people like eating 6 meals per day, others prefer 3. BOTH are effective at helping you lose weight. Whether you eat higher protein or fat, try fasting or carb cycling, or sneak in a cheat day every week, there are endless ways to skin the dietary cat. As long as you find a proven method—and not one based on hearsay and pseudoscience—there’s no need to fight over the best way to lose weight. The only argument is finding effective ways to do it safely and efficiently.

That’s the reason why tools like MyPlate are so successful at helping people transform their bodies and improve their overall health. Rather than preach one style of living or forcing people to eat a limited number of foods, MyPlate offers something more valuable: Awareness and education. You need to know how much you eat and what you eat in order to hold yourself accountable and make the small changes that create big results.
After all, it’s been shown that Americans overestimate how much they exercise and underestimate how much they eat. We are our own worst enemies, and yet we oftentimes blame outside forces: The restaurant industry, the government, or our peers.

Losing weight is a time consuming process. It takes effort and focus. But it does not have to be difficult or painful. I’ve seen thousands of people transform their bodies with diet changes that made day-to-day living easier and better. I’ve experienced my own transformation, and helped many others uncover theirs. Each person used different exercises, ate different foods, and had different schedules. But all of them took a personalized approach, worked hard, and stayed motivated.

My suggestion is simple: Don’t worry about the numbers. The truth is, every diet has room for flexibility. You can eat dessert, eat at night, and consume carbs. It’s more about how you moderate this process and find a plan that keeps you in line, and protects you from the real enemy: Your mind.

We think dieting is hard and losing fat is impossible. We convince ourselves that we can’t make change, so we make excuses. Next time you find yourself frustrated, wipe the slate clean and ask yourself one simple question: What do you want to achieve? Write it down, and then search as hard as you can to find what will work for your lifestyle and preferences. The fastest way to fat loss—or any healthy living goal—depends on cracking the code of convenience and sustainability. Focus on what works best for you. Once that happens, you’ll find that the hardest part of changing your habits isn’t the food or the exercise, but wondering why you ever did anything differently. – end of article-

Today’s Lesson:

The article effectively underscores the idea that weight loss doesn’t and shouldn’t fit into a cookie cutter, boxed up, or one size fits absolutely everyone model. The key is not just losing the weight, but learning to live a more healthy lifestyle that supports not only the shape/size you want but your overall health and wellbeing – for the rest of your life.

Once you’ve transitioned into eating healthier, getting regular exercise, and taking care of your mental health it slowly becomes “just the way I do things”. There’s much less effort, you feel so much better, and your self esteem improves as you like what you see when you look in to mirror. And I’m not just saying that because I’ve lost quite a bit in a relatively short time – it’s because it’s become my new reality.

Now I LIKE my food to be simpler, fresher, and healthier and so does my body. It tells me so, believe it! And I look forward to my workout and yoga time because it’s exciting to see how much I can do physically and yoga just plain feels wonderful. And what’s best of all, watching my part of the closet dwindling and looking forward to shopping (thrifting!) in the Spring. While I was out today, I looked in a store mirror and I liked the image staring back at me. I haven’t in a very long time and damn, does that make all of this worth it!!

My best to you and know you will get there, too!



3 thoughts on ““The New Science of Fat Loss” – Article thanks to Livestrong.com

  1. It really does seem that the new science of weight loss is that it isn’t a science at all – it is a balance, a mix, an art + a science. We deal gray areas in every aspect of our lives, so expecting that a 3,500 calorie deficit will always = 1 pound lost (and not .8 lost, or .2 gained) seems silly, but we’ve all fallen for it at one time or another, in one guise or another.

    Thanks for re-posting this article.

    • Thought it was important to underscore how unique all of us are. Our metabolisms, what works and what doesn’t. And that there is not a one size fits all! Thanks so much for your terrific comment!!

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