Weight loss and weight gain are some of the most often talked about topics in the medical field and certainly in the self-esteem and personal health fields. It is one of the subjects that has in fact been discussed so much that there are now as many myths that are quoted as facts as there is actual true discussion. The articles available on good diets and bad diets and healthy eating are so numerous that they could fill an entire library and still there would be more out there.
The Bottom Line on Weight
This is not a secret but it is worth repeating. The bottom line on weight is calories. If you consume more calories than you burn you will gain weight. If you burn more than you consume you will lose weight. After wading through all the hyperbole of every weight loss plan and diet out there that is the final say. Every one of them is simply a method to achieve a caloric balance that tips to either weight loss or weight gain as desired.
Metabolism is simply a descriptive term for the rate you burn calories, medications and thyroid problems may affect that but cannot change the fact that if you eat more calories than you use you will gain weight, and if you do not then you will lose weight. Everything from exercise to pills can have an effect on it slightly, but in general, if 2 people spend 1 hour on the same treadmill settings it is roughly the same overall amount of energy used and thus calories burned. In fact, any variation is that the larger person would burn slightly more than the smaller person because there is more effort expended.
Foods are measured in calories and fat, carbohydrates, proteins, and so forth. People like to use terms like good calories (proteins people claim) or bad calories (fats mostly pointed to) but it does not change that if a person was to eat 1500 calories all from pure fats and use 2000 calories a day they will lose weight and if they were to eat 2000 calories from pure proteins and burn 1500 they will gain weight (and some is likely to be stored as fats). The break downs in sources of calories are for a nutritional balance for health and do not have a huge effect on weight loss or weight gain.
The purpose of all the diets and exercise routines is to help give you ways to adjust calorie intake versus caloric burn rate. Some diets pretend not to count calories but use portions instead – it is simply a portion that will not allow excess calories. Some exercise routines claim to burn calories faster and they do – but only because it is more work.
Essentially both methods equate to the same thing. Smaller amounts of food but not worry as much about calories per teaspoon (as you are allowed fewer teaspoons anyway) or eat as much as you want of things with very low calories per teaspoon (i.e. carrot sticks). For exercise not as strenuous and takes a long time or more strenuous and less time. You can choose any method most comfortable to you with equal results.
In the end, whichever method works for some people and not others is far more a result of their personal preference and therefore discipline for the regime. This is not bad news at all – it is simply saying that any diet or exercise program you choose that involves using more calories than you consume will work for 100% of the people 100% of the time if it is followed. So no need to stress over which is the best and do not believe any of the hype from anything that claims to help you lose weight (not water) without tipping the caloric balance as it is impossible.