How to lose weight? I believe this is the question that looms over the minds of about one-third US people.

count caloriesTime and again many diets plans like Atkins, Dukan etc. have come up to help people lose weight. Yoga, gym exercises, jogging, kickboxing etc. have been suggested as the novel methods for weight reduction. However, it has been seen that weight loss techniques differ from person to person depending upon his lifestyle, health chart, family health background, friend circle and region where he stays. All these factors have a cumulative effect on his weight issues and how he addresses to reduce it.

But, one thing that all these methods point out is the reduction of calories for effective weight loss. Excessive intake of calories through the consumption of junk food is one of the major reasons for weight gain and flab accumulation. That’s why it is mandatory to keep a tab on calorie intake.

Also, it takes about weeks and months at a stretch to see the effect of cutting down calories. You just need to focus that you consume fewer calories than required to maintain your current weight. Suppose you need 2500 calories per day. Start consuming 2200 calories per day for a week. Practice this for over a fortnight. Do not make quick and impulsive changes to your diet. Be slow and steady. After a fortnight bring the calorie intake down to 2000. However make sure that you do not start experiencing dizziness and fatigue due to this. Make juices and fruits an integral part of your diet.

However do not become a maniac after losing weight. Do not just start counting calories as soon as you see any food item. Food is meant to be enjoyed and relished. Do not make eating a burdensome exercise. Otherwise in a few days it will become a burden for you. Make losing weight a fun activity.

These days a new technique to lose weight has been developed that goes by the name ‘Eat stop Eat’. This focuses on short term fasting. Science has also proved that short term fasting is very helpful to reduce weight and does not pose any side effects. You can include certain food items of your choice, in your diet and still lose calories. Your body does not fall short on nutrition.

You can follow any plan, just make sure that you cut down calories and still have all the nutrition.

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