The myth around eating more calories means gaining more weight does not hold true anymore. It is naturally thought that the more you eat, the more obese you get, and all the weight-related issues begin to appear. But, late studies have found little to no correlation between these two.
It turns out that the body and metabolism of a person can make eating more gain weight, but not for all. And, those who gain weight by eating a lot can also shed weight by dieting, roughly speaking. But, eating a lot and eating high-calorie food are two different arguments. So, counting calories is not going to solve them. You can have friends at college/office who eat nothing but French fries yet look like they haven’t got anything to eat for days. And, there are people who are living on just a liquid diet and still don’t lose weight.
This observation was the motivation behind conducting more studies into calorie counting and its relation to weight loss. For example, if you cut back from your usual 3000 calories to 1500, you will lose weight from that deficit, but you will become unhealthy and won’t be able to maintain the weight too. Again, eating too few calories or too many empty calories, you will still feel hungry all the time.
So, focusing just on the calories is not going to solve the weight-loss issue because it must be quality over quantity. Eating calories with good food quality, and then cutting down on food may be a long-term solution. But, again to ensure you are staying healthy, not starving, you have to do more. Yes, to make weight loss sustainable, you need to stop counting calories but devote yourself to good food habits.
The same amount of calories from unhealthy food will do no good if you just want to count the calories you eat. So, eating potato chips worth 150 calories vs. another healthy food worth 150 calories may have totally different results. Fiber, protein, etc will keep you satisfied and not result in post-meal hunger. Eating food high in fiber also makes you feel less hungry.
Eat protein, lentils, eggs, grilled chicken, vegetables, and stuff instead of an equal amount of calories from highly processed food. This will help you go on a sustainable weight loss regime. Unless there is some genetic imbalance or hormonal condition that results in weight gain, you can lose weight and make it sustainable at the same time.
Zero Exercise Corundum
No amount of exercise can make up for a bad diet. Weight loss doesn’t directly translate to the number of calories you lost on the treadmill screen. So, while losing calories is essential, even without exercise, this is not advisable, because exercise helps your body to balance the food intake. Activities like cycling, swimming, running, playing games, are factors to develop and adapt the metabolism for the new diet.
Proper sleep, a good lifestyle, daily exercises are factors that work together with calories. Only then, the weight loss will be sustainable.