Why Do Weight Loss Programs Work?

26 February 2021
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Many Americans struggle with weight problems. There are many reasons why an individual may be overweight, including heredity, lifestyle, and hormonal imbalances, just to name a few. If you are searching and struggling for a way to lose weight, you may want to start with a visit to your doctor. In addition to helping with any physical anomalies you have, they could recommend a weight loss program that you could thrive on. 

There are many different types of weight loss programs, all of which you will find have worked for one person or another. However, before you spend tons of money on a specific program, you should know that most weight loss programs work because of three basic principles. 

Calorie Restriction

There are many weight loss programs out there, all touting different ways to lose weight. For example, you may start a diet where you cannot eat any carbohydrates, or perhaps you will eat as a caveman did. While these may seem very different, both diets will work because you will be restricting your caloric intake. Your body burns calories every day in order to function, and the less calories you take into your body, the more it will get energy from your already-stored calories: fat. Limiting your caloric intake is a great way to lose weight; however, you should be careful that you are still getting enough calories and nutrients so that your body can function. 

Burn More Than You Eat

Some weight loss programs say that you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight. This is usually due to a rigorous exercise schedule that you will be on. As previously mentioned, your body uses a certain amount of calories every day for normal life. If you exercise, you are burning even more calories — hopefully more calories than you consumed that day. Whenever you end up burning more calories than you eat, you will lose weight. 

A Combination

Weight loss programs that use a nice even combination of caloric restrictions and exercise are usually the most successful. 

In conclusion, before you buy into the bows and tassels of a program (their high claims of success), you should break down how they actually function. Will you be restricting your intake, exercising off calories, or doing both? Understanding these principles can help you to register what is actually going on in your body and hopefully help you to make healthier choices. Good luck on your weight loss journey!