Trying to lose weight is hardly the most fun thing in the world to do. You often need to eat less calories and avoid some of the foods you love most. Just the lack of freedom and the fact that you need to plan your meals and think about them in advance is hard enough for most people. This is why a lot of people want to be able to lose weight without dieting at all and they’re wondering how this can be done or whether it can be done at all.
The short answer is that it is indeed possible to lose weight without dieting. In this article, I’ll share why this is possible and talk about what you need to do in order to succeed with it.
Just to be clear, I won’t be talking about using any diet pills or fat burners. I want to keep this discussion on natural ways of weight loss. If you’re expecting some magic bullet that will make the fat melt away from your body with no effort at all, this isn’t the article for you.
Why you can lose weight without dieting
The calories you consume are only part of the weight loss equation. The other part is the amount of calories that you burn. Basically, weight loss or weight gain is simple: if you consume more calories than you burn you gain weight, if you burn more than you consume, you lose some. Pretty straightforward.
What this means is that you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight as long as you burn more calories than the total number you consumed. This doesn’t mean that you’re giving your body everything it needs in term of nutrients and it may mean that you’re eating unhealthy things that may contribute to certain health risks in the future. I’m talking strictly about weight loss here.
How you burn calories is also simple: you just need to more active. You need to burn more calories through the right kind of exercise, the kind that also helps you to get a fast metabolism. As long as you manage to burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight. I remember reading a story about how Michael Phelps eats about 12,000 calories each day (4-6 times the amount a normal person should eat), yet he burns them all off because he trains so hard in the pool and the gym. I’m not advocating stuffing yourself silly. This is just a story that shows you what is possible.
Is This Wise?
This is the main question, really. Just because something is possible doesn’t make it smart or worthwhile to pursue. The fact of the matter is that trying to lose weight without dieting is like rowing upstream. You can get to your destination, but it’s much harder to get there. Eating calories is much easier than burning them off. You can consume a small pie that contains 200 calories or more in a matter of minutes. You need to train hard for much longer to burn those calories off. You can do it. With strong workouts you can burn 1000 calories in an hour, perhaps even more, but it’s not easy.
This is why I recommend following a combined approach that involves dieting and a workout routine. It’s a two pronged attack on your excessive weight that will lead to much better results.
You can lose weight without dieting. But why should you even try? It’s much easier and healthier to eat sensibly and to follow a rigorous, fat burning, exercise routine together. This is what I recommend that you do.