The most discussed health topic on the internet is undoubtedly weight loss. Everyone at some point in their lives has wanted to cut some weight, drop a few pounds, and be happier and healthier. There are a TON of factors for weight loss, which is why so many find it so troubling to accomplish. Today we will show you the science behind what makes people lose weight, and hopefully put you in the right direction so you can achieve your target weight sooner and more effectively.
Your diet, BY FAR, is the largest factor of weight loss. The reason you have a few extra pounds could very well be the food you are eating. While this usually isn’t a shock, the first thing you should be examining is what’s on your plate. To really be able to tweak your diet correctly, we need to know what to look for in our food to either avoid or get more of:
Sodium intake is a big one. We need sodium in our diets, but the typical American diet includes a lot of sodium, much more than the daily minimum. It’s for this reason that heart disease and diabetes is becoming an epidemic. Eating too much salt results in your body retaining water. Salt absorbs and holds water, so once your body has an excess of it, sodium easily picks up fluids in your body and will make you gain weight. Salt will also makes your blood thicker, and the heart will have to work harder to pump your blood as a result.
Luckily, salt is something that we can control in our diets easier than anything else in this article. Many of the foods we eat now come with reduced sodium versions, and this should help you get used to the idea of less sodium in everything you eat. By in large, the more processed your food is, the higher the amount of salt there is in it. Eat more freshly prepared meals, full of meat, vegetables, and fruit.
In today’s media, you would think calories would be a thing to avoid. In reality, calories are just a unit of measurement. Its defined as the amount of energy it takes to raise the temperature of 1 kg of water by 1 degree Celsius, and equal to 1000 small calories used as measurement of energy for food. Calories just tell us how much energy there is to extract from our food.
Calories are definitely not meant to be avoided. What is important is why kind of calories they are. A calorie from a candy bar and calorie from an apple will end up doing different things to your body. While counting your calories can help you gain perspective on your current eating habits, what the calories consist is a much bigger deal.
In short: portion control is the best thing you can do to tweak your diet first, try and eat reasonably sized portions. If you want to lose weight, try and reduce the amount you eat on all your meals.
Carbs are another huge factor. Carbohydrates are used as energy in our everyday lives, but will only be used if we are exercises and calling our body to break them down to keep going.
If you ingest a carbohydrate-rich meal and proceed to sit on the couch, that energy will then be stored as body fat. Carbs are the first thing our body wants to burn, which is then proceeded by protein, fat, and finally alcohol.Follow us on social media: