As someone who is trying to lose weight, it can be hard not to notice all the fads, shortcuts, and magic pills on the market. While there are many ways to successfully lose weight, they all have one thing in common: a calorie deficit. Eating at a calorie deficit means that you are using more calories (through activity) than you are taking in (through food). It sounds simple, but because of outside factors in many people’s lives, it usually isn’t so straightforward. Losing weight is hard work. This is what makes health fads so appealing – they promise that it’s easy. While some supplements might actually make it easier to reach that calorie deficit (check out our article on CBD as a weight loss supplement), the unfortunate truth is that no new supplement or detox tea will do all the work for you. But don’t worry! There are plenty of things you can do to make it easier on yourself, and I’m going to lay out some strategies and to help you on your journey.
If you’re determined to lose weight, counting your calories is the most effective way to do it. By logging your meals, you always know how many calories you are eating. Keep your daily intake below your maintenance calories and you’ll lose weight over time! The bigger the deficit, the faster you lose weight. Calorie counting is not for everyone, though. If you’re looking for a more flexible approach, don’t fret. I’ve got some tips for you.
1. Don’t drink your calories!
Avoid drinking sodas. They are extremely high in calories (and sugar) and have no nutritional value! On top of the calories, they are terrible for your overall health – drinking soda has been linked to higher risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. This is also true about many high-sugar juices, even some that are marketed as “healthy”! Drink water as much as you can. Not only will you significantly reduce your calorie intake by cutting out the sugary drinks, you can also decrease your appetite by drinking a glass of water before your meal!
2. Eat lots of veggies!
This might seem obvious, but for some people it can be even more beneficial than you think. Vegetables are healthy, yes, but many greens are also extremely low in calories! Have you reduced your portion sizes and now feel like you’re not eating enough? Add a cup of broccoli to your plate – for only 30 calories, you might have doubled the volume of your meal! Some other great, low-cal veggies to look out for are spinach, asparagus, zucchini, and mushrooms. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
3. Make rules that work for you!
Everyone has different eating habits, and it’s important to take into account your own tendencies when making restrictions to your diet. If you like eating snacks, maybe reduce the calorie content of your meals instead of trying to cut out snacking completely. There is
no “one-size-fits-all” approach to weight-loss because everybody is in a different situation. What works for someone else may not work as well for you! Through trial and error, though, we can get to know our habits and make the steps we need to meet our goals. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results immediately or if you fall off the horse. It takes time for our body to change, the important thing is to keep trying.
So, what about CBD?
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget. For those people who have read about the potential benefits of CBD for weight loss and have decided to try it, here is one way to approach it. Take 15mg of CBD twice daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Adjust your diet appropriately (like we talked about earlier) and stick to your plan for 3 months (or until you reach your goal). Then, reevaluate your situation based on your experience. Good Luck!
As always, you should consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet. This content is not intended to substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.