Thanks to the booming diet industry, supplement-funded magazines, and tabloid-circulated celebrity eating plans, there is a ton of confusion out there regarding the ‘right way’ to lose weight.
Despite what you’ve been sold, there is no silver bullet when it comes to weight loss. Your weight is simply a balance between the calories (or energy) you eat and the calories you burn. Call it the Dieter’s Law of Thermodynamics. If you consume more calories than your body needs, your body is frugal and will squirrel away the extra energy as fat for later use. On the other hand, if you consume fewer calories than you burn, your body will have to tap into these fat stores and other tissues to make up the difference, which will ultimately result in weight loss. Therefore, the trick to weight loss is to create a calorie deficit.