How to lose weight: the definitive method


A woman measuring the width of her stomach.

Many people struggle with losing weight, as many foods are unhealthy yet so tasty, making them irresistible. Comfort foods from various different countries such as Swedish meatballs, Indian Tikka Masala, or Italian pizza, these foods are very tasty but quite fattening. 

I myself have undertaken a weight loss journey through dieting and moderate exercise. Over the summer of 2021, I lost a daunting amount of weight. 

Usually, when people try to diet with the intention of losing weight, they make 1 of 2 mistakes, either they attempt to lose weight too quickly and give up, or they decide to not try hard enough and all their effort is put to waste. 

The idea of losing weight is usually misunderstood. When people decide to lose weight, the main focus is simple, they eat healthy things and exercise, however, there is an issue with this approach.

The concept of “healthy food” is not real when it comes to the topic of losing weight. Whether you eat a salad or a cheeseburger your body has no idea what it is, however, it is fully capable of calculating the caloric density.

Despite that, eating a meal with more nutritional value, such as a nutrient-dense salad, is also a greater contributor to weight loss than a meal of low nutritional value.

That is the factor contributing to weight gain or loss. If the consumed calories minus the burnt calories exceed the daily caloric limit specific to a person, then they will gain weight, however, if it is less, then they will lose weight.

If you’re interested in learning more, just go to Calorie Calculator and input the required information. Sites like this one will help you establish daily, achievable goals.

A rough estimate of required caloric intake or deficit can be determined, and with this, a steady method to lose or gain weight. Unlike the broad concept of eating “healthy”, there is a stable method to determine the net weight change. 

If you are concerned about your dietary habits, do not be worried. According to Jill Taylor, personal fitness teacher at Highlands High School, “Losing weight is not all about the food.” This means that even if you consume unhealthy food, a proper training program can still result in weight loss. 

The fitness industry, however, benefits greatly from the vulnerability of people trying to desperately lose weight. Whether it is people who do not want to exercise or people who cannot stop eating, these people are manipulated into thinking that their ways are correct, because it allows companies such as Peloton to market their products to them. 

If you are trying to lose weight, remember, your body does not know what a Big Mac is, it only recognizes it based on its macronutrient content and calorific value. If you consume fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight, as it is impossible to gain weight in a calorie deficit.