I already wrote a post about how losing weight is only about consuming fewer calories than you burn in a day. So a lot of people will take that fact to its “logical” conclusion and think, “oh! That means if I barely eat, I’ll lose a ton of weight really quickly!” which is also recognizable in various fad/product diets such as the Special K Diet. This is really bad. DO NOT DO THIS.
These diets, which from here on out I’m going to accurately refer to as starvation diets, are common – especially among women. But they’re also only minimally effective, super bad for you, extremely difficult to follow, and ultimately counterproductive. Here’s why:
I recently wrote a post explaining that even if you think the only thing you care about is losing weight, you should still care about the quality of the food you’re eating because it will affect how hungry you feel. I came across an opportunity to further emphasize that point, so I’m going to go ahead and do so.
My exceptionally large, but actual, dinner from Monday night which ultimately contained four servings of broccoli, four servings of mashed potatoes, and a serving of chicken, has 50 fewer calories (660) than this:
The original cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, which also happens to be the lowest calorie (710) cheesecake on the menu that uses actual sugar instead of Splenda.
This is a surprisingly controversial topic in the world of internet dieting, and it’s for a good reason. A lot of people will try to tell you that it’s not this easy because they want to sell you on something else (please note the literal use of the world “sell” here). However, the truth is, it really is that simple: if you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. Period. Full stop. You could eat nothing but Twinkies, and as long as it adds up to fewer calories than you burn you will lose weight.
So, if the only thing you care about is dropping a few pounds, that’s your solution: consume fewer calories, burn more, or both. As long as you do it correctly, it will work.* The problem is, losing weight is probably not the only thing you care about.