Two Keys to Fat Loss
With so much information on the subject of "weight loss" (even on this site), it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Add to that the vast amount of disinformation and misinformation that we are all bombarded with, and the situation can seem hopeless to those who are struggling to reduce their body fat.
There are all kinds of things that work and all kinds of good tips. These range in effectiveness from very effective to minimally effective. Wouldn't it be nice if someone would just tell you what a couple of the most effective ones are?
OK, you've got it. Here are two keys, which we'll explain in more detail:
Most people who hear these things don't understand what they really mean or how to implement them. So, let's look at each one and how to make it easy for you to do.
Reduce portion size.
This is the single most important thing you can do to reduce the amount of fat you are carrying around. Portion oversizing is the main difference between American meals and European meals. And it's why the normal American is obese and the normal European is not.
There are many ways to reduce portion size. I'll present some of them here. You can pick and choose from these, and you can think about other ways that work for you.
Reduce calorie content.
This is the second most important thing you can do to reduce the amount of fat you are carrying around. There are many ways to reduce the calorie content of your meals. I'll present some of them here. You can pick and choose from these, and you can think about other ways that work for you. You can also read our article on hidden calories.
Someone will no doubt ask, "What about exercise? You didn't mention that at all!" That is correct. Remember, this article was about the two most effective things you can do to reduce your body fat. Great bodies are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.
There are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat. You can exercise off only so many calories a day before you exceed the design limits of your joints, connective tissues, and other bodily structures. If you are consistently taking in too many calories, then you are fighting a losing battle--no matter how much time you spend on a treadmill or whatever.
Therefore, you must start with reducing the number of calories you take in. This is why reducing portion size and reducing the caloric density of what you do eat are the two most effective means of losing fat.
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