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The Rules of Weight Loss

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There’s only one rule you need to follow when it comes to weight loss: Eat fewer calories than you burn.

Study after study shows that our bodies obey the laws of thermodynamics, and in order to lose weight, we need to burn more calories than we consume regularly.

Every day, our body needs a certain number of calories to carry out its daily functions: making your heart beat and your brain function and getting your body to move, to list a few.

When you consume more calories than you burn, your body tends to store those extra calories as fat, and that’s when you start to gain weight. When you burn more calories than you consume, your body will pull from fat stores for energy, and that results in weight loss. So, in order for us to lose weight, we need to find a way to tip the energy balance in favor of “burning fat!”

When we accidentally eat more calories than we realize, and then burn fewer calories from exercise, we assume we can’t lose weight because of our metabolism or genetics.

This is not the case.

It’s because we are eating too much. Although, thyroid issues, allergies and hormones can play a role in why it may be harder for some people to lose weight.

The most important factor in fat loss is eating fewer calories than you burn on a regular basis.

The best way to do that is to focus on the right kind of food:

  • Protein (meat, low-fat dairy, eggs and legumes)
  • High-fiber fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy carbohydrates, like rice and quinoa
  • Healthy fats, like almonds and olive oil

These foods are full of vitamins and minerals while also lower in calories, compared to ultra-processed foods that are easily overconsumed.

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