Statistics show that at any given time about 70% of adults are trying to lose weight. It seems like there is an unlimited number of diet plans being marketed today. But how do you know which one of these plans is going to work for you. The most important thing to remember is whatever you choose has to fit into your lifestyle. If you cannot do it regularly, you are probably not going to lose the weight and if you do you may not be able to keep the weight off.
A 1500 calorie diet is a good place to start. Many of the well known weight loss plans are structured around this number of calories. Depending on how much you weigh, you may have to start out eating more calories and you may eventually have to drop below 1500 calories daily to reach your goal weight. Exercise can also be brought into this equation to give you a lower calorie count for the day.
If you can sustain an average daily calorie intake of 1500 calories a day, there should be no reason why you will not reach a healthy weight. It is important to realize that your dream weight may not be attainable. The idea is to get to a weight that is healthy for your body. This is a weight that will eliminate many of the medical conditions that are associated with being overweight.
Losing weight starts with a mindset that is going keep you from eating when you are not hungry. Many people that are overweight eat because of emotion and not hunger. Food is used for comfort more times than people are willing to admit. It is meant to be used as fuel for your body and not a crutch to get you through the day. The mental part of eating can be the most difficult part of the weight loss program to manage.
Exercise is another big part of losing weight and getting healthy. If you only have 20 or 30 pounds to lose and you do not exercise, it is possible to lose most of the weight just by adding exercise to your schedule. If you have not exercised in a long time, start by walking. If you have a lot of weight to lose and have joint pain, exercising in a swimming pool is a good way to get started. A recumbent bike is also an excellent option, if you have back or joint problems. I have seen people with many physicals problems in the gym working out. As long as your doctor approves, physical disabilities should not stop you from getting the exercise that your body needs.
If you are able to reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories a day and increase your exercise to where you are burning 500 calories per day, this will give you a great start on getting to a healthy weight. Following a plan that has these specs will reduce your net caloric intake by 1000 calories each day. On average, that should allow you to lose about 2 pounds a week. Now, to someone that has 100 pounds to lose, 2 pounds does not seem like much. But, if you stick with a similar plan, you will be 100 pounds lighter a year from now.
Most people that are obese have been that way a long time. If you take the next year and eat an average of 1500 calories daily, exercise an hour a day and make yourself a priority there is no reason why should not start seeing results in a very short time.
How to Lose Weight on a 1500 Calorie Diet Plan
It’s not hard to lose weight on a 1500 calorie diet plan. You can easily lose a pound a week by eating healthy nutritious food, drinking lots of water and getting plenty of exercise. This is a much safer way to lose weight than going on a crash diet. Stay steady at 1500 calories and you can lose weight without sacrificing your health. The amount of weight you lose depends on the number of calories you eat and the number of calories you burn. The more active you are the more weight you will lose.
Here are some facts you need to know about losing one pound a week while on a 1500 calorie a day diet: Plan your meals ahead of time, before you go grocery shopping and learn how many calories are in each serving of food buy. Shop for food that is satisfying, but low in calories. Avoid empty calories such as rice cakes and celery and try to drink at least 64 oz. of water each day to flush toxins out of your body. A 1500 calorie diet will give you plenty of room for food from all of the food groups, so purchase vegetables, fruits, lean meat and healthy snacks, adding plenty of fiber and protein to your diet.
Eat food with complex carbs and try to eat and drink only low fat dairy products. It is a known fact that eating more food at breakfast time and smaller amounts of food in the evening will keep your body from storing fat. A gram of fat contains 9 calories. Carbs and protein contain one gram of fat each and each contain four calories. Keep this in mind when you are shopping. It takes a good bit of research to know what foods you can eat and cannot eat when on a 1500 calorie diet plan.
If you can eat three meals a day using only 1400 calories, you can save 100 calories for snacks. If you’re significantly overweight it’s best not to drop down to 1500 calories overnight. Work your way down slowly to allow your body time to adjust. Losing five pounds a month by eating 1500 calories a day and getting some exercise each day is the healthiest way to lose weight. Starving yourself will only cause problems with your health. Nutritionists say that a person who loses a lot of weight in a short amount of time will most likely gain it back quickly, so try to lose it steadily.
A combination of healthy food, a lot of water, and exercise is the best way to lose weight. Staying with this regimen should assure you of losing at least a pound a week. Try to burn calories with exercise, especially if you’ve gone over on the 1500 calories. A hamburger and french fries at McDonald’s or Burger King contains at least half of your 1500 calories, so, even though it may be tempting, it’s not going to help you to lose weight. Maybe you should go to Subway instead!