When you are trying to lose weight, the wide range of diet plans that are available can make you feel somewhat overwhelmed. If you mention to your friends that you are trying to lose weight then they will probably all try to offer you advice about what plan works for them and the chances are that they will all be following a different plan. This can leave you feeling even more confused.
You will probably be more successful in losing weight if you understand how your body works when it comes to weight loss. In order to lose one pound a week you need to use 500 more calories every day than you consume. When the body does not have enough calories to perform its daily functions from the food that we eat, it will use energy from the fat stores in our body, which in turn will lead to weight loss as these fat stores are lost from our bodies.
The best way to reach this 500 calorie deficit every day is through a combination of diet and exercise. The more exercise that you do throughout the day, the more calories your body will burn and if you combine this with a diet that reduces the amount of calories that you are consuming then you will lose weight. Many people find it difficult to lose weight through dieting alone as they feel too restricted. Exercise can give you a little more flexibility in terms of your diet and will also help you to tone up as you lose weight.