People in the fitness industry like to complicate things. I have no idea why, but it really frustrates me, and I’m guessing you’re reading this because it frustrates you too!
But why are things complicated? I can’t answer all your questions, but I can give you some ideas as to why the fitness industry is so complicated!
Read on below to find out how Dingis Fitness keeps it simple for his clients. If you keep reading this post, you’ll also find out what most diets have in common, and what Dingis Fitness is doing to make fitness accessible!
Reasons Why Weight Loss SEEMS Complicated!
1. Healthy and being at optimal weight are usually conflated…
…as if they were the same thing. Less fat in general reduces risks of diabetes, heart diseases, energy, mood, depression, etc. . But to be truly healthy other factors are just as important. These include, but are not limited to, dealing with stress, having strong social relationships, managing finances and taking care of your mental health. It’s complicated. Weight loss, however, shouldn’t be as complicated for the majority of people. Do read on to find out what the basics are!
2. Money is one hell of a drug!
- It’s the thing that makes people steal water from a drought hit town then sell it back to them!
- It’s the same thing that makes people create detoxes, processed over-price shakes, fad diets and the like!
It’s money. And the fitness industry is not immune to its lure!
3. You don’t believe improving 1% each day…
…and instead look for big quantum leaps of improvement. Nothing happens like that. No-one is an overnight success. It just looks that way. Just ask Ed Sheeran.
So what should be your focus when trying to lose weight, as simply as possible?
To lose weight…
You need to ingest fewer calories than you expend.
That is everyones starting point. For most normal healthy people, that’ll be enough to get the ball rolling!
That doesn’t necessarily mean calorie counting.
We want to keep it simple, in terms everyone can understand. Calorie counting isn’t as complicated as people make it out to be, but if it’s your first try at losing weight, habits should be your focus, not calories. Calorie counting is great for understanding the choices you’re making and what changes you should try to adopt. It’s just not a long-term strategy.
Most of weight loss habits/tips/advice you read on the internet will focus on reducing your calories. This can be done in two ways;
- Eating less volume of food to eat fewer calories (e.g. eating on a smaller plate to automatically eat less food).
- Changing the types of food and beverages that are ingested to reduce calorie intake (e.g. eating palm sized portion of protein with ever meal to feel fuller for longer).
NB: – Reducing calories ingested is much easier than increasing calorie expenditure!
Which habits you choose you do these things are very personal and there are hundreds of tips and tricks and advice that you could take, but if you focus on the big rocks, the thing that will move the scale, you’ll be fine!
There is more to weight loss than just focusing on calories.
But if you focus on reducing calories by making better food choices, and eating less, it’s a great start.
And for most normal healthy people with no underlying diseases or syndromes, this focus will get you where you want to be.
But, but but, butt…
“But my friend told me that her friends mothers’ cat had a friend that loss weight by this diet that makes you do the macarena every time you eat carbs.”
Stop complicating it!!
Most diets end up making you eat fewer calories, in one way or another. That’s why all diets work for some people, at least in the short-term. They usually do so by restricting food choice or food amount strictly. No wonder we hate diets. No one can possibly keep eating in such an uninspiring way!