Weight-loss is a pretty straightforward process. Get less calories than you burn and you will lose weight.
That’s it – there’s nothing too special to it. This is just how your body works. There are two main ways to
achieve this caloric deficit – either increase your energy expenditure or decrease your energy intake.
This means that you either have to start working out more if you want to lose weight, or eat less. But
we’re not telling you anything new so far, because everybody knows this. What you probably don’t
know is that going for the first option might actually make you fatter.
What? That makes no sense, right? Well, actually it does from a psychological perspective. The problem
is not the cardio, itself. The problem is that most people are willing to do anything (including surgery) to
lose weight, but not simply eat right and exercise. The effect of this is best seen in people start working
out or doing cardio for the first time. Cardio and exercise can burn a lot of calories, but when your body
is used to a certain intake, it will demand it. Hence, many beginners end up running like crazy for half an
hour, only so they can “reward” themselves afterwards.
Weight-loss is a gradual process. Most people expect to start seeing the effects right away, but that’s
not how it works. At the end of the day, it’s good to induce a deficit, but that deficit shouldn’t be too big
so you can also remain healthy. But when people start working out, they think they’re burning so many
calories that they can eat whatever they want, so they actually start gaining weight because they’re at
an excess, not a deficit. You can’t outrun a bad diet, so if you want to lose weight, exercise is great, but
also mind your diet. And if you go for supplements, make sure they’re natural.