ARE YOU READY FOR the simple truth (as I see it)? It’s all kind of crap really. Yay for the people getting rich off of their structured, packaged, subscription-based diets! If you have the money to spend on those and truly need that type of structure to succeed in your weight-loss goals. That’s just it in a nutshell, though. Structure. Anyone can do the math and come up with a plan to stick to that will result in weight loss. It’s not rocket science!
You can figure out your resting metabolic rate and subtract 500 calories per day to lose 1 pound per week. You can also calculate your basal metabolic rate and use the Harris Benedict Formula to figure out how many calories you need to maintain your current weight and take it from there. (MyFitnessPal is a convenient and easy way to track calories.)
The most important thing is to not deprive yourself of important nutrients. Equally important to me is not to deprive myself of money. 😀
Equally important to remember is the importance of exercise in this whole equation. Those of us rapidly approaching or already on the downhill side of 50 especially need to realize that calorie restriction alone is not going to cut it. Older people have a harder time losing weight. Without changing our eating habits at all, we start gaining weight and have to work twice as hard to lose it and keep it off. There’s no magic solution to this predicament. We. Must. Exercise! Period.
On the flipside, Starting an exercise routine doesn’t give us a license to eat whatever the hell we want whenever we want to eat it. While you may end up maintaining your current weight using this logic, it’s also possible to end up gaining weight. So be careful.
No matter what method of weight loss you choose, discipline is required. Whether you pay some company to spell this out for you or you figure it out yourself is up to you. Bottom line: BE HEALTHY!