Many of the best weight loss plans for beginners are skewed with misinformation. It’s a shame, because this is a topic I’m very passionate about, and my goal here is to teach you the truth. Losing weight is simply a matter of calories in vs calories out. It’s not about eating low carb or restricting any foods for that matter.
Once you understand how to eat at a reasonable calorie deficit, which you’ll learn about in this article, you can choose whether you want to follow a diet. I personally don’t, because I understand there’s no need to.
But I used to. In fact, I did restrictive low-carb dieting for years, eating 4 to 5 small meals a day, until I learned the truth about how this all works. You will get BETTER fat loss results eating what you want to eat than you will by cutting out sugar and carbs.
I now strongly suggest steering away from advertising that blasts you with the “10 best diets for weight loss”. The way I see it, a lot of these diets are making money by sending people down rabbit holes where they never actually lose weight and keep it off.
It’s simple. The only thing you need to understand in order to lose weight successfully has to do with calorie consumption. From there, you can make other decisions that will only make your weight loss efforts more successful.
And if you’re just starting out on your weight loss journey, I hope you read carefully. There’s nothing to be overwhelmed by. Just take baby steps. This stuff works.
Start With A Simple Calorie Deficit
If you’re looking to lose weight, I suggest eating at a reasonable 400 calorie deficit. This will cause you to lose approximately 4 – 5 pounds per month. This deficit is a perfect number in my opinion, because you’ll see the weight come off gradually, and you won’t be restricting your foods to the point where you feel like you’re on a diet.
There are two very important things you must understand in order to lose weight successfully. You have to know what your personal calorie deficit is. Then you have to know HOW to actually count calories so that you’re staying within your budget every day.
- HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR OWN CALORIE DEFICIT
There’s a very simple calculation you must do in order to figure out your own personal calorie deficit, based on your weight.
Follow the calculation at the link above, and you’ll be set to lose 4 to 5 pounds per month. I’ve shared this calculation with a number of friends who all lost weight doing the exact same thing.
Now, there’s one more thing. You may be asking yourself the following question…
How On Earth Do I Count Calories?
I’m glad you asked. This is crucial for your success. I’ve done my best to make this easy for you. There are two tools you need to make your weight loss progress effortless.
These two tools work together magically to help you count calories efficiently. I used to think I was tracking calories properly until I realized I was way off, and that’s why I wasn’t hitting my fat loss goals. You can’t just guess when it comes to calories.
These tools will change all of that. What you need is a food scale & MyNetDiary or a similar app installed on your phone.
Everything written in that article will take you from A to Z on how to count calories, whether you eat out at McDonald’s, or prepare a homemade meal of lasagna. It’s all written out for you step by step.
I want to be clear that eating at a calorie deficit is not the same as being on a diet. It’s simply a math equation because that’s what true weight loss all boils down to. We’ll cover diets briefly in a later section of this article, but the calorie deficit eliminates the need for a diet.
The Problem With Diets
I know, I haven’t been too kind about diets in this article. Maybe it’s cause of all those years of eating low carb and then watching friends jump on the Keto bandwagon, and fall off cause it’s too damn hard to stick to.
See, those kinds of diets I feel are what mainstream media feed us. But really, the letters D.I.E.T. actually stand for something important.
In fact, I think it was in grade school when I learned that the letters stand for…
Do I Eat Thoughtfully?
- THE PROBLEM WITH A LOW CARB & KETO DIET
Now, is a low carb or Keto diet actually mindful of your overall health?
Think about it. Bacon, avocado, cheese, meats, eggs, nuts, and oils are okay. BUT NO BREAD! NO PASTA! NO RICE! NO LOTS OF THINGS. And then you have to be careful about WHICH veggies or versions of foods you can eat, because if you consume the wrong kind, it may affect your metabolism the wrong way.
This is way too complicated to me, and in my opinion, it’s this kind of thing that makes the very idea of trying to lose weight a miserable experience.
Personally, I feel it’s way easier to just eat balanced meals. I balance out my meals with a good amount of veggies, fruits, proteins, and grains every single day. I also eat McDonald’s if I feel like it, or pizza and ice cream when I’m craving it. But I keep things balanced for the most part.
One Diet I Do Suggest
If I were going to suggest any diet that’s part of mainstream culture, I’d definitely advise you to learn about the Mediterranean Diet. I wrote an article on it, and realized this doesn’t feel like a diet at all. It’s simply a healthy lifestyle that is filled with wholesome foods.
You can easily follow the calorie deficit information in this article while also adhering to the principles of the Mediterranean Diet. I actually may be a bit biased, cause I found a Mediterranean restaurant by my house that’s so incredibly delicious, I can’t stop ordering from there.
I mean seriously though, getting a plate of warm pita bread, fresh hummus, chicken shawarma on a bed of basmati rice with a side of Greek salad is just amazing. I have no problem with the Mediterranean Diet, cause there are no insane restrictions aside from the fact that processed junk foods should be eliminated.
Just remember though, the Mediterranean Diet alone will NOT help you lose weight. You must follow a calorie deficit at the same time.
Find A Solid Exercise Routine
Now that you understand the points above, I’d suggest choosing a workout plan that suits your lifestyle best. See, you will successfully lose weight simply by following the calorie deficit tips in the first section of this article. But when you add a solid workout routine to your eating plan, you’re ensuring that the weight you’re losing is pure fat, and not muscle or bone density.
The plan I follow completely changed my life. It goes against popular belief, and it altered my entire perspective on the topic of health & nutrition. It inspired me to start writing articles to help others who want to lose weight and get into shape.
It’s amazing to me just how many fitness gurus are out there selling countless products to help you hit your weight loss goals. We get pulled in so many directions, and I understand you’re just reading another article from another guy writing about the same topic you’ve seen before.
But after years of trying so many different exercise routines, some of them incredibly brutal, I realized something wasn’t right. The fat wasn’t coming off. I’ve gone to Kickboxing classes, Orange Theory, and done at least 10 different home workouts that involved intense cardio. But I couldn’t get the defined look I wanted.
Then I discovered a workout plan that was so mind-blowingly simple. It almost makes me regret years of following other plans, but at the same time, it’s all been a learning experience and I’m grateful for the journey.
The plan I follow is a home bodyweight workout routine 3 days a week, with minimal equipment required. The nutrition protocol is one of the most important aspects of the program, so it sets you up for serious fat loss, while also building your physique with lean muscle.
Lose Weight & Enjoy Life
Oftentimes, the best weight loss plans for beginners are skewed because there are far too many companies out there that want to make a buck from their supplements & diets. The health & fitness industry has led me to believe for years that eating low carb was the way to go. But I never hit my fat loss goals, even as I went through new eating plans, and exercise routines.
It wasn’t until I discovered this program that everything changed for me, and I became inspired to write articles to help others on their own fat loss journeys. Fat loss is simple & enjoyable. When you do it effectively, you should be able to live your life exactly as you want to, while also losing weight & hitting your fitness goals.
My goal is to help you see that weight loss can be very simple. I’ve provided all the tools in this article that you need to get you started on your fat loss journey or to make tweaks to any aspects of it that may need an upgrade.
I hope the tips laid out here were helpful. If you have any questions at all, please let me know and I’d be more than happy to help. I really appreciate you being here and reading. Thank you!