Perhaps you are trying to lose weight right now- 5 pounds, 10 pounds, 20 pounds, or more?
I work with a lot of people with their weight loss goals. Weight loss, as I have said in many many posts is a complex complicated process, that in most cases actually has a very straightforward answer.
To lose weight you need to eat less calories that you expend. Notice I didn't say you need to cut carbs, or eat 500 calories a day. You simply need to start consuming a few less calories, and maybe moving a bit more. You can't over restrict your calories, and you can't exercise excessively, both of these are major stresses to all the systems of the body and will simply backfire on you, rather than help you achieve weight loss.
So how do you figure out how many calories you need? Here is what I suggest:
1. Write down all the food and drinks you consume for a few weeks. Include the grams of protein, carbs, fats, and total calories. 2. Take a look at the two weeks and see if they accurately represent your diet on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. If they don't, keep recording so you can get a really accurate recording.
3. If you are consuming 2500 calories a day and seeing no weight loss, you need to cut out 300-500 a day, and monitor over time your consumption, and your weight.
4. You can also try using an online calculator, which is what I recommend sometimes. BUT- how does this calculator know you? There may be 2 women the same age, size, and activity level, but one takes a bunch of medications, has just come off a restrictive diet, and is super stressed out at work. This first lady is going to have a much easier time burning calories than the second 🙂
Don't cut down to 1200. Don't cut out a food group. Don't start eating 'super foods' as a way to lose weight. Don't take pills/herbs/diuretics etc. to lose weight.
Simply, make your portions a bit smaller, grab one less snack each night, cut out a few drinks each walk, and do more walking. Then it's up to patience. Stay patient. These things can take months and years.
Be honest with yourself. Don't assume you have a thyroid issue, metabolic disorder, or something preventing you from losing weight. Commitment, patience, dedication, and lifestyle changes are the true secrets to long term weight loss success.
Sometimes we get lost on our journey to Optimal Health, we lose focus, we lose motivation and we start grasping for straws to make our health and fitness happen faster! Stay patient, get back to the basics, eat healthy whole foods, and a few hundred less calories in a day than you burn!