The First Rule of Weight Loss

Weight loss nutrition can be easier than you might expect. It all begins with one golden rule. For successful weight loss balance energy intake with energy expenditure. It’s worked for my clients and can work for you, here’s how:

In the past I have had clients that refused to give up their fast food way of life and all the other foods they enjoy. To help them initially find weight loss success we created a calorie deficit based on their current food preferences and weight loss was inevitable. Through eating 500 calories less than what was needed to maintain weight, weight loss success was inevitable.

To demonstrate the importance of strict calorie counting for weight loss, Nutrition Professor Mark Haub of Kansas State University, committed to eating a convenience store diet. A diet consisting of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Doritos chips, sugary cereals, and Oreos. His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food. In two months time, Professor Haub experience a 27 pound weight loss with improved cholesterol levels and body composition. Read the whole story here. Dawn Jackson Blatner, a dietitian in Chicago, Illinois said “It’s a great reminder for weight loss that calories count. Is that the bottom line to being healthy? That’s another story.”

There are many lessons to learn in practicing the habits of a lighter lifestyle. The first lesson in weight loss is that calories count, but this is not the end-all / be-all. Weight loss success increases with the understanding of how healthy, low-sugar foods influence hunger, controls blood sugars, and boosts the bodies natural defense system. A nutrient loaded diet is still of great importance for long term weight-loss success.

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