Simple Weight Loss – Diet Plans For Easy Weight Loss
Is there a simple weight loss method that doesn’t require a lot of complicated rules or counting calories, grams or whatever? Here’s the thing about weight loss: yes, it can be simple, if you can decide which approach is right for you.
When it comes to losing weight and dieting to lose body fat, there are basically three ways to go. Before getting into that, though, just think for a moment about junk food. Things like cake, potato chips, doughnuts, tortilla chips, etc. are foods that everyone agrees are fattening and not the best foods to eat. Now, what do all of these things have in common?
Every kind of junk food is high in both carbohydrates and fat, as well as low in protein. This high-carb, high-fat combination is what junk food is all about. When it comes to losing weight, just about all diet plans avoid or reduce foods with this high-carb, high-fat combination. That’s why all diet plans are either low in fat, low in carbohydrates, or low in calories.
If you choose to go the low calorie way, it can get complicated. The idea here is to eat fewer calories than you expend. The only problem? It is virtually impossible to know for sure how many calories you are taking in or how many you are using up.
For example, you can look up all sorts of charts to find out how many calories are in an average banana. But what is an “average” banana? If you see two bananas, and one is larger than the other, which one is “average?” And what about how ripe the banana is? As bananas ripen, they gain a higher sugar content, which changes the calorie count. So, what is average?
You can also look at fancy charts to tell you how many calories you burn up when you walk, run, or engage in other physical activity. The only problem? People of different weight and different intensity levels will have different calorie expenditures. So, what is average?
This doesn’t even factor in the problem of how the human body tends to conserve energy. Since body fat is a form of stored energy, the body tends to conserve body fat when calorie count gets too low.
The specific mechanics of this are beyond the scope of this article, but the point is this: low calorie diets seem to make sense, but they do not always work and they are very difficult to actually follow. Certainly, they are not simple.
For a simple diet plan, the way to go is either low fat or low carbohydrate. Personally, I have found low carb to be far superior to low fat, due to the fact that the mechanism for our bodies to store body fat is triggered by eating carbohydrates, but not by eating fat in the diet.
It can seem counter-intuitive, but it’s the way our bodies work. The big bonus to low carb eating is that it can be a very, very simple weight loss plan, and an easy way to eat. Usually, there are no counting of calories, and little or no counting of grams of protein, fats, or even carbohydrates.
That just depends on which low carb diet you follow. But whether low carb or low fat, for a simple diet plan, these are the ways to go.