My weight-loss experiences taught me a few things and through trial as well as error, I found my way.
The simplest answer to this question is that burning more calories than you consume results in the greatest rate of fat loss. However, there are many people who claim that there are much better ways to lose body fat, such as diet pills or special types of exercise. In this article, we will look at a few weight-loss methods and discuss which ones are the most effective.
Diet pills and Supplements
The first method that you should be aware of is diet pills or supplements that claim to burn more fat. There are many different types of these on the market, ranging from teas and health bars to drinks and capsules. Some of them contain herbal extracts, while others make it seem as if their product contains some sort of magic formula. The truth is that most of these pills and supplements are useless, and the few that do work usually contain stimulants such as caffeine or green tea extract. These may help you burn a few more calories during your workout (or while you're watching TV), but they certainly won't make up for all the junk food and soft drinks you're consuming every day.
I took carb blockers for a time and they seem to really help keep my weight down as I worked through my carb addiction. However, the side effects I suffered made me come off these pretty quickly, I suffered incredibly bad headaches and my blood pressure kept spiking.
The next weight-loss method that you need to know about is fat burners, which are claimed to increase the effectiveness of your workout by increasing the rate at which your body burns fat. The truth is that most people who take these pills don't see any additional benefit from exercising harder and longer. In fact, many fat burners contain ingredients such as ginseng and yohimbine, which can cause serious harm when taken in large doses. So, unless you want to end up in the emergency room with heart palpitations and high blood pressure, you should avoid fat burners like the plague.
I have tried these for a time as well and they did work for me. Quite well actually however I suffer from High blood pressure and it skyrocketed while I was on fat burners. My pressure got so high I entered the stroke range so I had to immediately come off this for my health.
Low- Carb and keto
The next category of weight-loss methods that we will look at is diets. By far the most popular type of weight-loss diet is the low-carbohydrate diet. There are several different variations of this diet, but all of them involve eating fewer carbohydrates than your body requires and consuming large amounts of protein instead. Theoretically, these diets should work because they force your body to break down fat into fatty acids and ketones, which can then be used as energy. In practice, however, most people who follow a low-carb diet don't lose fat because it's hard to stick to these diets in the long term due to their high satiety value.
Although, in my personal opinion, this is my preferred method of weight loss (I call it a keto lifestyle) and I combine it with 3 sessions of high-intensity workouts per week. This has helped me lose almost 10 kg in less than 3 months and I'm still losing. All I did was reduce my carb intake to 50g per day, eat more protein and lots of fat. My body has been using fat instead of carbs to burn energy and it's a process of ketosis that you have to train your body to adjust to. It's hard work, commitment, lots of research but worth the benefits of your body performing the best it will ever perform.
Another popular type of diet is the calorie-restricted weight loss diet. This diet involves eating a very small number of calories every day, which causes your body to burn fat for energy. In theory, this diet should be extremely effective but in practice, people rarely lose more than one or two pounds per week because they get tired of eating so little food. Some people also find it difficult not to binge on junk food when "starving" themselves.
Unless you use this diet in combination with the low carb/ keto to practice intermittent fasting which will definitely work and accelerate the ketosis effect. This in turn helps you to lose weight faster and more effectively.
The next category of weight loss methods is exercise programs, which are supposed to help you burn more calories than your body requires every day. Most of the popular exercises (such as jogging and cycling) can be effective in burning calories when performed for a sustained period of time, but they don't work very well when used exclusively as a weight-loss method.
In fact, if you find that you're exercising every day but still not losing weight, it's probably because your daily energy expenditure is close to your basal metabolic rate. Meaning, unless you want to spend the rest of your life in the gym, you should exercise with a good eating plan as a weight-loss method.
The final category of weight loss methods that we will discuss is appetite suppressants, which are claimed to increase the amount of time that passes between meals. Some people claim that these pills work by increasing your metabolic rate while others say they simply reduce your hunger cravings.
Sooooo what is the best way to lose body fat? The simple answer is to eat fewer calories than your body requires each day, but it's not easy to do because most people find it hard to eat smaller portions and resist the temptation of fattening foods. People who succeed in losing weight and keeping it off often follow a diet plan that involves eating lots of small meals throughout the day and exercising regularly, especially if they work in an office job that requires little physical activity (e.g., telemarketing, data entry).
Basically, the best way to lose our body fat is what your body can handle and which one is most effective for YOU. It's always better to consult your doctor or get assessed by a dietician before starting a new diet plan or health program so a professional can guide you and help you through the process.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
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