Some of you will get angry at what I’m about to say but if you really want to lose weight you have to deal with reality no matter how unpleasant.
As a former fat person–I was 55 lbs overweight–I know how difficult it is to lose weight. My heart goes out to you; I know the road you’re on is probably going to be ‘bumpy’. Please understand that I’m trying to help you in the only way I know.
OK guys let’s get on with it.
When you are overweight it means that you’re eating too much for your age, height, sex, and activity level.
The only exception to this is when there is an existing medical condition.
Most people do not have such a medical condition however if you have any concerns, questions, or doubts about your medical state then you must go to a doctor first; don’t waste your time reading this or any other weight loss articles.
Understanding Your Body’s Relationship To Food
Yes your body does have a relationship to food; a relationship so fundamental that you must understand it if you really want to have long lasting success with weight loss.
Food is necessary to nourish your body. Nourishment simply means that one or all of the following are provided to your body:
-fuel that sets free energy needed for activities.
-provides substances required for the building or the maintenance of body tissues.
-provide substances that regulate the body’s processes.
The body is a chemical ‘factory’ and foods are made up of chemicals.
Any chemical substance that does one of the three points, mentioned above, is called a nutrient. There are six classes (general) of nutrients that are absolutely necessary to your body:
All these elements are necessary to maintain a healthy body.
The media and certain weight-loss gurus would have you believe that some of these nutrients are not as ‘good’ as the others. Well they’re all ‘good’ if consumed in a balanced way.
So the fundamental relationship is that your body needs to receive a measured and balanced intake of food.
How much fuel do you need and what happens if you eat too much?
Your body requires a certain level of food intake to make sure that you can carry out activities and repair your tissues. Simply put you need energy and food is energy.
The food that you eat provides your body with carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. These energy nutrients are burned up by the oxygen in your blood and produce energy which produces heat and work. In this burning process carbon dioxide and water are produced as ‘waste’ along with the indigestible portions of your food.
The body will consume the energy it needs for activity and will store any excess as fat. This fat is drawn upon as needed. A sudden need for energy (hard exercise etc) caused the body to use this fat first, then any stored carbohydrates (glycogen), and, in the worse case scenario, tissues that contain protein.
When you overeat the body stores more and more fat and you start to get heavier and start expanding outwards-like your hip, breast, bum. What the body can burn it stores.
A little bit of fat is good and allows you to have physical spurts when you need them. The problem is where there is too much fat and not enough activity to burn off the excess-obesity then occurs.
It is very important to understand that the body will burn energy even when there is NO activity. This minimum amount is called the Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR). This rate will depend on your age, your weight, your height, and your sex.
The final thing to understand is calories.
Calories are units of energy.
You can determine the calorie content of any particular food by doing a Google search. Various types of work and different types of exercise are also stated in calories-a Google search will give you lots of information on this. Finally the BMR is stated in calories.
Now do the math.
You add your BMR and the calories from your work or exercise. Whatever that amount comes too is your daily allowable calorie intake.
If you were not overweight you could eat food equal to that daily allowable. If you’re overweight you want to reduce your daily allowable by about 200 calories a day. That will give you a slow and relatively safe weight loss.
Keep in mind the beginning of this article i.e. you need a measured and balanced intake of food. Starvation DOES NOT work and can cause serious medical problems!
Important Note: As you lose weight your BMR changes so keep checking it until you get to your goal weight.
The actual process of losing weight really is this simple. It all boils down to the math. The hard part is changing how and what you eat.
In closing it’s important to note that to keep the weight off you have to have a measured and balanced intake of food for the rest of your life.