ieticians and doctors endorse the calorie-controlled diet as being a diet which is the most effective form of losing weight and keeping the weight lost off. It is a simple diet plan which relies on counting the amount of calories you consume while making sure you burn off more calories than you take in.
It is thought to be successful due to the fact that people are more aware of what they eat and how much they eat of a particular food. This type of diet will fit in with most people’s lifestyles and can be alerted to suit all tastes, what’s even better is that no foods are off limits if eaten sensibly within the amount of calories designated for the day.
How weight is lost on the calorie-controlled diet
The amount of calories which you can consume each day should be less than the amount you are burning through exercise, as a rough guide for women the average amount would be around 1,000 to 1,200 and for men around 1,200 to 1,500 per day.
As a very rough guide if you eat 500 calories less than you are taking in per day then you will lose approximately one pound per week, eat 1,000 less and you lose two pound, this is achieved by your body making up the deficit and turning to your own fat stores.
Simply eating fewer calories is not enough for long-term weight loss and alongside your diet; you should perform exercise on a daily basis to help burn off the calories you consume.
How do I know how many calories are in the food I am eating?
You can purchase a comprehensive guide or book from most health food stores that will list all types of foods and the amount of calories in them, most food will be measured in certain amounts or weight and you simply jot down all the calories in any given meal or snack. Add them up as you go along or until you reach or are under the allotted amount of calories per day.
Some of it will be trial and error but by writing down and keeping an account of what foods are eaten you can make any adjustments as necessary. By writing down and weighing food many people are astonished to find that many things which they previously ate in large amounts actually consume a large quota of their allotted calories.
The trick to the calorie-controlled diet being such a success is to cut down on these items instead of cutting them out altogether, diets which forbid certain foods fail simply because what we cannot have, we always want and many times the foods which are taboo are our favorites.