It sounds theoretically correct does it not? Running more equates to burning more calories, and eating less equates to consuming less calories. Thus, calorie input is less than calorie output, hence it should result in greater weight loss. This all makes logical sense.
The Obesity Research & Clinical Practice journal recently published a study from York University that could show otherwise – that there could be more to weight loss than calorie output exceeding calorie input. Researchers found that between the years 1971 and 2008, although physical activity increased and at the same time protein and fat intake decreased, there was still an increase in BMI (Body Mass Index). So is there to weight loss than this simple formulae?
This research does seem to suggest that there is more to weight loss. Emerging evidence does indicate that hormonal changes from lack of sleep and stress, certain environmental toxins, certain medications, low calcium status, gut bacteria, and more may factors have an impact on body weight regulation. Eating less may also cause a reduction in metabolism. This would mean you would need to keep eating lesser in order to ensure a continuous weight loss – and how much lesser can you go?
So, there is no proven one theory. But there are a few things you can do to ensure you are in the right direction.
#1 Eat The Right Amount Of Calories
Eat more fruits and vegetables instead of fried chicken or curry puffs. You will feel full with lesser calories. Don’t take it to the extreme. Do not decrease your calories drastically. You may see some result but this may cause your metabolism to drop – you will find that when you eat your normal portions you may gain weight easily. Remember, do everything in moderation.
#2 Start Moving More
Take the stairs instead of the lift. Walk around the office every hour. Sneak in a short run during lunch hour. Make sure you do some form of exercise at least 4 times a week. This will keep your metabolism going. Consistency is key.
#3 Sleep Sufficiently
Sleep is paramount! Aim to get in 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night. If you aren’t able to hit this, sneak in a 20 – 30 minutes power nap. Sleep is significant in regulating our hormones which may affect weight regulation.
#4 Boost Your Calcium Status
Ensure your calcium intake is sufficient. For instance, have a cup of greek yoghurt for breakfast. Or you can take the easy way out and take calcium and magnesium supplements.