You probably know that calorie deficit is the only way to lose your excess weight. Fad diets just don’t work, and often make you heavier than when you started.
So controlling your calorie intake to lose weight is your best chance of success, to help you achieve your ideal bodyweight.
One way to calorie deficit, and arguable the easiest, is to cut your calories. But what are the best calories to cut to lose weight? If you are like me, and enjoy a wide range of foods, what are the best foods to eliminate or alter in you diet?
Finding the best calories to cut to lose weight
Whether you want to lose a few pounds, lose a stone, or even five stone, follow these simple rules and you will reach your ideal weight.
First of all you should cut out your junk food calories. Unfortunately, this means foods like chocolate, cake, sweets, and fizzy drinks. If you are still in the weight loss phase of your diet, then these types of foods will simply kill off your efforts.
If you really can eliminate them completely, at least save them for the very occasional treat. Use them as key milestone treats, such as every time you lose half a stone. This way they can act as an incentive.
Next you should reduce your intake of starchy foods, such as potatoes, breads, pizza, pasta, and rice. You don’t have to cut them out completely, just reduce them by eating small portions and eating them less frequently.
Starchy foods like these listed are high in calories, and any of those excess calories which you do not burn off will be converted in to fat. Exactly what you don’t want.
Finally you should cut out or reduce your high fat foods. So if you eat a lot of fried food, it’s got to go. Or at least severely reduce them. Go for the leaner option. This goes for all meats and dairy products. Take the leaner cuts and skinny versions.
Other ways to increase calorie deficit
Cutting calories to lose weight is only one way of creating a calorie deficit. Another way is simple to be more active. It sounds silly, but a lot of research has been carried out on this subject, and has even been given a special geeky name: non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT for short.
It basically refers to all the extra calories you can burn simply by getting off your butt and moving around, without specifically exercising. There are countless opportunities each day to increase your calorie expenditure.
Instead of sitting whilst chatting on the phone, stand up and pace the room. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to the local shops. You get the idea.
And then there is good old fashioned exercise! If you want to lose weight quickly, then you really should be adding exercise to your routine, as it will boost your calorie deficit massively. And remember, the greater your calorie deficit the quicker the weight loss.
See how to burn 1000 calories every training session to increase your deficit and speed up the weight loss process.