If losing weight is as easy as calories in verses calories out, why is it still something we all struggle with? Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, explains the basics of weight loss, and what steps we need to take in order to make it as easy as it sounds.
Lauren: At its most basic, weight loss is about calories in verses calories out. You need to burn more calories than you consume, or take in less calories than you need, in order to produce a caloric deficit and achieve a weight loss. But if it was really that simple, obesity would not be an epidemic in this country and it wouldn't be something that we're all talking about all the time. So we need to delve a little bit further into the how, what and why of weight loss. So everyone's tried weird weight loss diets, fad, grape fruits, special gadgets, pills you can buy online. These things look enticing, sound like a magic cure, but of course if they look and sound too good to be true, they probably are. What happens? You might get excited, you may make some dietary changes along the way, and for a few weeks or maybe even a couple of months you are losing weight. And then what happens when you get sick of this strange fad diet? You go right back to old habits, and you end up packing on the pounds that you just worked so hard to lose. So what do we really need to do? We really need to take a step back, each of us, individually exam what we are doing. What's working for us? Capitalize on the fact that you're cooking at home, or that you like vegetables, or that you walk your kids to school. Make sure that we increase those things. And then figure out, at the very basic, a few things you can vow to do differently today that will continue to make an impact tomorrow, next week, next year, and for the rest of your life. Simple changes will add up to big results.
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