Almost everyone has made the commitment to get fit and lose weight in the New Year. At One Big Health Nut, we like to think of the getting fit part as the best path to losing weight. So really, the key to losing weight is exercising and getting your heart rate up on a daily basis. Just be more active. People who are more active can lose weight without making any major changes to their diet.
The more active you are with your body, the more energy your body burns. That means you can eat more food without packing on the fat. It’s what some have called the simple math of losing weight. Basically, if you burn more calories than you take in each day, you will lose weight. It’s that simple.
However, we’d like to point out that the simple math of losing weight can be deceptive and lead to bad behavior. The key to losing weight is to increase the calorie burn rate. Do not simply go about losing weight by cutting calorie intake. In our experience it doesn’t really make you healthier.
The best flow chart for losing weight is to kill two birds in one stone: First, you get your body in shape by getting more active. Second, if your body is more active, it naturally burns more calories.
So, in our opinion, the best way to lose weight is to keep your calorie intake the same (maybe eat a few more veggies and a little less junk) while increasing your daily activity. Forget diets. They are hard to maintain. Instead, pursue full body health.