You might be wondering about how many diets that work fast are out there and how many of them give the results that you are looking for. Well, there is not an exact answer to that question! There are a lot of them that are especially designed to fit different categories of people and different goals. The whole point is to find the right one that fits your needs and your goals.
If you search in the internet, you will find a whole bunch of them from different sources, some trusted and some not, that in the end leave you wondering which one to choose and which one really works. This is a very tough decision when it comes to someone that doesn’t have enough background knowledge for the real values that each one has and the real intention why it was designed for in the first place.
Before you step in a regime, you should be familiarized with some basic pointers. The most important ones that need to come to your mind since the beginning are the amount of:
- and Fat.
As a rule of thumb, you should eat about 31 Calories (cal) per Kilogram of your bodyweight if you want to maintain your current status. According to your goal of either losing or gaining bodyweight, you must act accordingly by decreasing or increasing the calories you consume. Remember that you shouldn’t decrease the amount of food that you consume daily below 1500.
How do we calculate how much we have to eat?
Let me show you some basic things you should know when calculating the number of calories (cal) that you need daily:
- 1 gram of Carbohydrate = 4 cal;
- 1 gram of Protein = 4 cal;
- and 1 gram of Fat = 9 cal.
Depending on your goal, you should calculate the number of calories you need to extract from each of the components. Usually this is divided like this:
- 50% of the energy comes from Carbohydrates,
- 30% from Proteins
- and 20% from Fats.
To make things easier, let me give you an example:
If you are going to consume 1500 calories daily, you need to do the following exercise:
- (1500 x 0.50) dividing it by 4 gives you the amount of Carbohydrates that you need;
- (1500 x 0.30) dividing by 4 gives the amount of Proteins;
- and (1500 x 0.20) dividing by 9 gives the amount of Fat.
So basically for a 1500 Calorie meal plan you need:
- 187.5 grams of Carbohydrate;
- 112.5 grams of Protein;
- and 33.3 grams of Fat.
I hope I made it clear enough!
Now that you know the math part, you can pick confidentially what will work best for you and according to your final goal.
Knowing the nutritional values of the meals and how fast they might bring the desired results to you, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are done. You should prepare yourself and be highly motivated to finish what you started if you want to see the results in the end.
When it comes to losing or gaining bodyweight, the real problem is not losing or gaining it, it’s maintaining it. You should not complete your goal and then give up and return to your eating habits, on the contrary you should maintain that rhythm and perfect yourself on the way.
Following a food regime is not linked with eating poorly or eating tasteless meals, on the contrary, they incorporate tasteful and nutritious foods together, so you don’t keep your mind all the day on the food. Also, they will fulfill your daily needs and are healthy.
Including exercise is going to help you even further in achieving your goals faster and also help your body. If you are one of those people that sits around all the time in your workplace and home, you definitely need to start as soon as possibly to workout. When your body is sitting all the time and not performing much activity, you are accumulating that energy and transforming it more than likely into fat.
Not only that, but you will also feel tired all day and your bones will become weak over time due to lack of activity. To overcome this situation start working out or at least walking when you get the chance. If your workplace is close enough to your work place, go there on foot and not by car or by bus. If you do this in the morning, you will give your body that kind of boost to start full of energy.
What about drinks?
Be very careful what you drink as there is a lot of calories hidden there, especially sugar. Sodas should be eliminated as much as possible, even the sugar free ones. Replace them with water or fresh juice made in your home from fruits. Drink them in moderation. The same is with alcoholic drinks. Try to limit them or even not drink them at all.
The sooner you make these changes, the sooner you will see your body transforming for better. Muscles will become visible and you will feel healthier than ever. Everything you do to perfect your lifestyle will benefit you as you grow older.
It is better if you partner yourself with another person, especially your wife/husband when starting any regime as it will help both of you in keeping yourself motivated and determined for the end results. It will become fun too, as both of you will try to outrank each other and thus help each other out.
Whatever your goal is, you have to drink at least 1.5 Liters of water per day, both for helping process food faster and also for your own health as water plays a vital role on your metabolism.
You should consult with your doctor if you have some kind of disease or are in any condition that you absorb a lot of pills during the day. Please don’t decide on your own without consulting a medical expert first. We try to provide as much information as possible, but your own doctor knows more about you and also what is good or bad for you.