Get Out of Those Fat Jeans!

Saad Rana Jul 16 2014

Are you confused and frustrated by all the messages about weight loss and fitness? There is a lot of contradictory information out there, where one person says one activity and another person says that one activity is incorrect. The art of weight loss isn't rocket science, but it is some basic science. Food companies use biochemistry to make you eat all the good stuff and prevent you from fitting into those smaller jeans. Here are some facts that you should know about.

3,500 Calorie Fact

It takes 3,500 calories to make a pound (0.45 kg). You can't gain weight if you consume fewer calories than you burn. The one pound of weight gain or weight loss happens in 500-calorie-per day increments. So if you cut 500 calories from your diet every day, you'd lose about 1 pound a week. Getting knowledgeable about what you eat and drink can be really helpful, and it can be more helpful if you keep a daily journal for your food intake to understand what these numbers mean. Losing 30 pounds in a month might seem far fetched, but losing a pound a week (4 pounds a month) is entirely possible and that's weight loss.

Remove the Bread Fact

You need to cut bread out of your diet to gain some weight loss results. Processed grains such as the white bread is an absolute no-no, but so is the whole wheat bread. Whole wheat bread has been touted as more healthy than white bread, but in actuality it is just as unhealthy because not all of the bad components are removed, they are just lessened. Whole wheat in general is bad, as overpopulation has made farmers produce hybrid grains that yield higher quantities, but have increased in gluten and more chromosomes than needed. Wheat is a carbohydrate, and you need carbohydrates in your diet, but there are other forms of carbs you can eat such as lentils and other non-wheat grains.

Fact of Sugar

Sugar is one of the worst foods you can eat if you are looking to lose weight. Cut out the cookies, cakes, sugary drinks like coke and even ice cream. Your liver stores some sugar in the form of glycogen, which it uses to give you quick energy when you need it. But the thing is, most of us have plenty of glycogen in stores, and any extra is turned to fat. Extra dietary sugar such as splenda and the likes are even worse as these can have harmful effects on the body such as insulin resistance, diabetes and even some types of cancer. Opt for natural sugar alternatives such as honey and agave nectar. Rather than ice cream, eat fruits as they contain natural sugar, have beneficial healthy nutrients and taste great. Read How to Replace White Sugar with Healthy Substitutes to know more.

Fact of the Kitchen

Do you know what actually goes into the foods when you eat out? You think you may be choosing a healthy option, but you don't know how it was really prepared. To lose weight, you need to cook or eat at home as it will help you in knowing what you are eating and can control your calories. Sometimes restaurant dishes contain big portions as well with big plates and you may be

Fact of the Exercise

Exercise is an important activity to lead a healthy and happy life, there's no doubt about that. However, you can't just rely on exercise to lose the weight, you need to control the calories as well. If you think that you are exercising and you can eat whatever and however much you want, you won't ever lose the weight. Also, cardio alone will not help you lose weight, you need to incorporate weight training as well as lifting weights burns calories even after exercising while cardio just burns calories while exercising.

The Takeaway

If you want to lose weight and fit into skinnier jeans, you need to understand some basic facts about weight loss, as mentioned above. So understand the fact of calorie counting, remove whole-wheat from your diet, get rid of the sugar, eat at home and start exercising and you will indeed lose the weight that you have been wanting to. Stay healthy and stay positive!

Saad Rana

Saad Rana:

As a current dental student at Ziauddin University, Saad takes an interest in health, fitness and nutrition. He writes articles based on research through on-line publications as well as consulting various doctors and nutrition and fitness experts. When he's not writing for Health TV, you can find him studying, exercising or watching some of his favourite TV shows.