I know. You can't wait to find out. It’s eating you up. What question am I asked the most?: ‘How do I lose weight?’ What a thrilling build up and pay off that was.
Well for starters guys, there’s one big thing wrong. It should be fat not weight. Weight can be things like water or muscle; it’s quite ambiguous and your weight will fluctuate throughout the day anyway.
Let’s tackle the question first: How do I lose it? In simple terms, if you’re eating less energy (calories) than you’re using, then you will lose weight. So how do you know how much you need to be eating? You’ve got two options really, portion control or calorie counting.
For two weeks actively think about the portions you’re having. As a guideline, guys should aim for 1-2 servings of protein, 1-2 of carbohydrates, 1-2 of vegetables, and 1-2 of fat. (That sounds like those balanced diets people are always banging on about…) Girls on the other hand should aim for 1 serving of each. ON AVERAGE! Ok? Happy Mr editor?! Good. (Fun tip: One serving of: protein - the size of your palm, carbohydrate - the size of your cupped hand, vegetables - the size of your fist and fats - the size of your thumb.) With the other approach, the first thing you need to find out is how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. Just Google calorie calculator, get one and follow the instructions. Unfortunately these calculators don’t know you; they’re useful but they’re not 100% accurate.
So, start this week and run it for a couple of weeks. (Another tip:) You will want to weigh yourself at the start and end and see if you have lost, maintained or gained weight. Then you can work out how much you need to eat each day to maintain your weight.
Play around with it, experiment and most important of all: if you have a day where you don’t log or maintain it, rather than beat yourself up or throw in the towel (it’ll get dirty and you’ll have to wash it,) just reset and go again the next day. (How many great tips are there in this article?!) Please go to the comments for the rest...