If losing weight were easy there would be not be any fat people, right? Believe it or not, losing weight is a complex process that involves social and emotional issues along with the physical issues that come with losing weight. True enough, at the end of the day, losing weight is just about the math and science of biology and chemistry. If we can burn more calories than we take in by way of food consumption, we will lose weight. It’s just that simple. The challenge is the “other stuff” that goes with weight loss, the social dynamics and emotional attachment that we have to food.
Today, I just want to focus on the “math” of losing weight. If we can embrace the math of weight loss, then our bodies can do what will come naturally when we decrease our calories and increase our exercise. I believe that once we start to show weight loss results, we will be inspired to lose more weight and to engage in healthy activities (walking, physical exercise, etc.) that will support that weight loss. As we lose, we can then begin to focus on the social aspects of weight loss – how to engage with others and continue to enjoy life as we lose weight. As we learn more about how to manage social situations (birthdays and holidays) we will get better at maintaining our weight and even losing weight with time.
The final part of the skinnythick journey to a healthier life is to focus on what may be the psychological issues that stop us from losing weight. This may involve counseling with a professional to discuss why we might overeat and what it is that might keep us from losing weight. Altogether, there are tools that can help us to try to lose and maintain a reasonable rate of weight loss.
Earlier I shared a website with you that helped you to calculate the amount of calories that are necessary to lose weight based upon your weight, height and level of physical activity. The first part of your weight loss journey is to understand the amount of calories that you can consume and lose weight. Once you establish a daily caloric intake amount, you will be able to count your calories on a daily basis and see the weight come off. Increase your physical activities and you will lose more weight.
Try to focus on the mechanics of weight loss. If you follow a program, you will lose weight. Trust the process. If you are nearer to your goal weight, it might take longer because it will be harder for you to create a calorie deficit which will lead to weight loss, but using the calculator you will be able to lose weight if you follow the math of calories in and calories out!