I hate the internet sometimes. We have the whole world of knowledge at our fingertips, but it tends to make people who are not experts believe they are because they read an article once. I especially hate the type of people who are like “this is the only way to lose weight and if you don’t do this you’re a fat POS and a failure. And your mom never wanted you.” There are literally only like 4 things every human needs to do and they are eat, drink, sleep and breathe.
Your body is your body and, sure, there might be one optimal way for you to lose fat, but that doesn’t mean that will work for everyone. Take me for example. The article that inspired me to write this post said the only way to lose fat is to count your calories. Like that’s it. You can’t do it any other way and if you think you can you’re lying to yourself. Wellllll, fun fact about me: counting calories is a one-way trip to Disordered Eating-town with a layover in body dysmorphia. I immediately enter a binge/restrict cycle the second I open the MyFitnessPal app. Does this mean I can’t lose fat? No, I’ve lost 20 lbs and kept them off for 3 years now. It just means that counting calories isn’t the right move for my body.
I’m not saying you should ignore science. Many studies have shown, time and again, the way to lose fat mass is the eat fewer calories than you burn. Studies have shown it is ridiculously hard to burn enough calories through exercise alone to lose fat. “You can’t outrun a bad diet.” But there are a million and one ways to reach that deficit. You can follow a diet plan, you can count calories, you can listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.
The most important thing is to focus on what works for you. Don’t take a spin class because you heard Jennifer Aniston does it if you hate cycling. Don’t try to bench press if you don’t want to bench press. Don’t try to eat keto because your cousin lost 30 pounds on it. Find something that works for you that you can stick with for the rest of your life. Because that’s what this is about y’all. Health is for forever.