When it comes to safely losing weight and staying in shape, there is no such thing as a miracle diet or a magical routine. Like everything else, there is science behind weight loss — and more often than not, weight loss could be achieved with some very simple changes to our lifestyle. Our contributor Rebecca Watts investigates.

Losing weight and staying in shape are probably the no. 1 new year's resolution in the majority's list. However, it has been several months into the year now and most of us have probably forgotten all about them resolutions. Unfortunately, this could be difficult if your idea of weight loss is grounded in the fantasy that all the fashion magazines and celebrity publications feed you.

The science behind losing weight

Our bodies are like batteries. We eat to build up energy, then we expend that energy by simply living. In a sense, we’re constantly burning calories and although exercise helps to keep our heart healthy and burn a couple of extra calories, it’s not actually needed for weight loss. Weight loss is dependent on one thing: how many calories you take in. If you eat less, you’ll lose weight—it’s as simple as that.

Tiny steps vs. drastic changes

Making drastic changes to your diet could be very stressful and frankly, not everyone can handle it. There are some very low-calorie diets that can work if you are disciplined enough, but they tend to be very hard on your body. There are also surgeries and procedures you can take such as gastric bypass surgery — or more information about the pros and cons of gastric bypass surgery, follow the link for a detailed list. This surgery isn't for everyone, though. The effect could be serious and drastic, and one must consult a professional before undergoing the surgery.

The best and most recommendable solution is still taking a slow and steady approach.

Taking tiny steps results in less weight loss over the time, but they are much more sustainable due to the lower impact. Small changes could be anything from cutting a bit off your meals — this could mean by simply swapping soda for diet soda, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. These small changes add up over time and as you continue doing them, you’ll find that it’s easier to continue cutting until you reach your desired weight.

Choosing the right approach

With the help of a professional and psychological preparedness, going on a very low-calorie diet plan or surgery will be the fastest way to weight loss.

On the other hand, if you want to keep it off for good, opting for a healthier lifestyle by exercising regularly and  keeping an eye on your calorie intake is a better option for mostly everyone. Start with 1200 calories a day with a high-protein, low-carb diet. Walk or run at least 30 minutes a day. Drink 10 glasses of water and avoid salty foods to reduce bloating/water retention. And NEVER STARVE — remember there are options such as green juice and zero-calorie foods (e.g. celery) that are great alternatives when the tummy needs some filling.


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  2. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.

  3. You may lose weight initially, but as soon as you begin eating regular food again you gain the weight back. The problem is your eating habits and lack of activity. Dieting