Losing weight is a popular topic that all sorts of people look up every now and then. Some people, however, aren’t able to due to lack of time, as reading about and finding topics of weight loss may prove to be time consuming (there are just so many of them on the internet). Also, some find that more popular techniques aren’t that effective at all. Fortunately, you don’t have to research all of them to find the best way to do it, because all you need are some simple lifestyle changes and a few tips to keep in mind.

Serving Size

People commonly mistake the right kinds of food to be ok to eat that even abundant amounts of it is fine, but it’s not. For instance, a healthful snack like dark chocolate will provide adverse effects if excessive amounts of it is eaten. In essence, portion control is a must when it comes to dieting properly. Here is a list of suggested serving portions to help you remember them:

  • A serving of cereal = a fist
  • A serving of starch = half of a tennis ball
  • A serving of cheese = four dice
  • A serving of fruit = one whole tennis ball
  • A serving of butter or margarine = one die
  • A serving of meat, fish, or poultry = one deck of cards

Count Calories

Counting calories is a time-consuming, but useful thing to do. Some may even argue that counting your calories whenever you eat is no way to live; perhaps they may have a point, but if your aim is to lose weight, then it doesn’t matter. To put it differently, you lose weight when you are able to incite a calorie deficit, which is the amount of calories between what you need and what you consume (basically almost any kind of diet is a way to let calorie deficit happen).

To explain further, an example will do nicely: You need 2,500 calories per day, so when you consume only 2,000 calories, the difference between the ‘need’ and ‘consumed’ is 500 calories and that is your calorie deficit for that day.

Moreover, there is another way to produce this effect, and that is to burn calories off through exercise. In other words, exercise enough to burn 500-calories worth.

Lastly, take note that when you are able to cut 500 calories off your daily intake, you can probably – or at least – lose one pound a week. Just remember to learn how to count your calories correctly; otherwise, you may not be able to let a calorie deficit occur.

Move Around

Moving around to burn calories does not exactly mean that you should exercise. There is something that scientists call non-exercise activity thermogenesis or NEAT that defines the amount of calories you burn while doing everyday chores or movement. Simply put, just don’t lead a sedentary lifestyle to burn calories efficiently.

In conclusion, that’s all you need to know about weight loss, basically. Essentially speaking, if you are able to let calorie deficit occur, watch what you eat correctly, and never remain idle too much, then you’ll lose weight successfully in no time.