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We know that losing weight or getting in shape is hard. From watching what we eat to attempting to work out, it can be very tough to shed pounds. We think that if we watch what we eat and regulate our daily food intake we will instantly lose weight and have the perfect body we have always dreamed of. However that’s rarely the case. Our bodies are more complex than just monitoring how many calories we put into them and with the right knowledge and the right routine we can take our health into our own hands again.

The calorie has two uses: maintaining body structure/function and storage of energy in fat. Typically, when you cut calories from your everyday life, the energy (fat) that is stored in the body are used to keep metabolic processes functioning, therefore reducing fat. However, cutting too many calories can be harmful to your body and can lose important muscle mass and may make you feel tired, weak or even faint. The real trick to counting calories is to keep in check with how much food you eat, what you eat and the physical activity you do. Keeping these three ideas in harmony will be beneficial for your body and its processes without over or under eating.

How much you eat

When we look at nutritional facts on the things we eat, we sometimes forget about the serving size, and assume that the calories put on the label is for the entire contents, when its actually just the serving size. Watching serving sizes help to reduce any confusion when looking at the numbers on the label and can also make you think about how much is actually going into your body. Also, it’s important to understand which healthy foods will give you the calories and nutrients your body needs without overeating or under nourishing.

What you eat

 If you are determined to lose weight, it’s helpful to know what foods are good and bad for you. Start your search for the right foods by figuring out what you do and don’t like. If you enjoy foods like kale and spinach, understand what they can do to benefit your body. If you don’t enjoy anything relatively healthy, find healthier ways to enjoy those things you love. Another thing to remember is to learn your body and what it is trying to tell you. If you’re tired and not very energized, eating foods that are high in vitamin B5 will give you the energy your body needs to function properly.

Physical activity

Working around a busy schedule can be tough. But keeping active is a big portion of keeping your body healthy. The trick when wanting to lose weight is to not work on totally gaining muscle. If you were to focus on gaining muscle mass and losing weight simultaneously, the numbers on the scale generally stay the same, due to losing weight and gaining muscle mass. Cardio is a great way to keep your body moving, getting your heart rate up and just being active with your mind and body. If you don’t have time for an actual class, just work on getting your heart rate up a few times a day with easy workout moves you can do at home.

Losing weight may seem like a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding balance between what you eat, how much you eat and exercise is a healthier approach to weight loss rather than slashing out vital nutrients.

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Hailey Turpin is a Senior Communication Studies Major with a Public Relations Track and an English Minor. Hailey has worked for the paper for her entire secondary education career. She enjoys coffee, everything lifestyle related and sleeping. Hailey is also a member if Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity.