The way you or I lose weight is very simple. We just need to eat less calories than we burn off.
How we go about doing this is where all the challenge comes in. Every new diet method and exercise program is just another means to the same end…and that is a calorie deficit.
So all that you need to do is choose how you would like to do this.
The first and most important step is social support <– call it your fat loss team. This is just a core group of people who will be on your side and help you stick to your plan.
Second step is the plan itself. It doesn’t matter at all what plan you choose as long as the end result is less food. You can do high protein, special meal timing, fasting, whatever…as long as you end up eating less and most importantly can stick to the plan. This is where strategies like Eat Stop Eat are very effective because it is so simple to follow (but you may want to try something else that has more structure and more rules)…the plan is really up to you to choose. The key is finding one that fits with your style of doing things. Do you want it free flowing like Eat Stop Eat, or more regimented with more rules and guidelines.
Third, set a goal and see it through to its end. Without a set goal there is a good chance you’ll just put your weight loss adventure off for another time in the not so distance future. But that just means you’ll never do it. Therefore you need to set a simple goal like: losing 10 pounds in the next 2 months.
It doesn’t even matter if you lose all 10 pounds, all that matters is that you try. If you only lose 5 pounds, that is still 5 pounds more than if you never tried at all!
The bottom line is weight loss isn’t rocket science, if anything it’s social science…and to make it work you need all the support you can get.
Get your weight loss team together, pick any weight loss program you like, set a goal and a deadline and go get it.
Once you get to the day of the deadline, assess your progress, take a break for a few weeks and decide where you want to go from there. This is how just about everyone who has ever lost a significant amount of weight has done it.
No magic, just effort.