“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.
The ONLY process that works
“This diet is different from all the others, because on this one there’s no calorie-counting and all that BORING stuff…”
Calorie-counting. It’s BORING. It’s TOUGH. It takes TIME. It’s INCONVENIENT. It’s MISERABLE.
… it WORKS if your goal is weight loss. It’s the only thing that works.
Calorie-counting is an effective concept in weight loss for the same reason that the curriculum for mathematics works the way it does – start with your current level of knowledge, and learn a little more that builds on the previous material.
With dieting, this process is ‘start with how many calories you currently eat, subtract a few hundred, and eat that many until your weight loss slows, and drop a few hundred more’. Eventually you’re where you wanted to be.
So why not just drop right down and lose weight faster?
Well, for the same reason we don’t teach people calculus in Grade One of their school career – the systems that govern the process are sensitive. Too few calories will mean NO WEIGHT LOSS, just like utter confusion equals no learning.
You need to count calories, at least at the beginning, so you can get a feeling for how much to eat, and then take it from there. You can make sure you keep progressing by weighing yourself every day, and if ten days passes with no positive change in the scale, then drop some calories.
Read more ‘reality check’s below:
- Weight loss reality check: Stop searching for the ‘quick fix’
- Weight loss reality check: The BIGGEST thing you need to stop if you’re a comfort-eater
- Weight loss reality check: Secret eaters
- Weight loss reality check: Are you REALLY sticking to your diet, or are you just pretending?
- Weight loss reality check: Not everyone is built like a typical Instagram swimsuit model
- Weight loss reality check: Six packs aren’t made in ‘a few short weeks’
- Weight loss reality check: Not all gym supplements are created equal
- Weight loss reality check: Get help from helpful people
- Weight loss reality check: Figuring out the diet for YOU
- Weight loss reality check: Does it have to be so complicated?
- Weight loss reality check: How much does being thin REALLY matter?
- Weight loss reality check: What can you REALLY expect from a diet?
- Weight loss reality check: A six-pack in twelve weeks?
- Weight loss reality check: Check the lifespan of the programme
- Weight loss reality check: Electronic wobble-machines?
- Weight loss reality check: ‘Before’ and ‘After’ pics are NOT real evidence
- Your weekly weight loss reality check: Exercise is NOT magic
- Your weekly weight loss reality check: You NEED all of the macronutrients
- Your weekly weight loss reality check: “REALLY?!”
- Your weekly weight loss reality check: Quantity matters
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