Over the years, countless fad diets have come and gone. Despite how many fade in and out of popularity, there are a couple of general ideas that have kind of cemented themselves when it comes to ways people think of to lose weight. Things like calorie counting, eating less fast food or fattening foods, and exercising more are usually the first things people think of when it comes to strategizing ways to lose weight. However, a lot more goes into weight loss or general improving your health than just cutting out ‘bad’ foods or trying to keep meticulous track of your eating habits. 

Why Genetics Matter

You can count all of the calories you want, or try to police your diet all day and night, but it won’t make a difference if you’re not paying attention to conditions or predispositions you might have to be built a certain way or to hold weight a certain way (or to gain or lose weight!). 

Before embarking on a new diet or fitness plan, make sure you’re examining yourself, your body, and your genetics to make sure your plan is personalized. Don’t just go off of whatever the last trend or fad diet is – especially since many of those practices are unhealthy. Your diet needs to work for you while keeping your body healthy! 

Another big factor to take into account when planning a new diet or exercise regimen are your hormones. Your hormones, especially in women, can make losing weight very difficult, and can be hard to work with to get your body on the track you’d like it to be on. To work in tune with your hormones while trying to change your nutrition to lose weight, you need to make changes that change your hormones and shift your metabolism into a mode resulting in weight loss. This ‘mode’ is called ‘glucagon dominant’ mode, or the state your metabolism is in that burns the most fat. 

Muscle Mass

Another area to take into account when tailoring a diet or fitness regimen to yourself is your existing muscle mass (or lack thereof), and general build. The amount of muscle mass  you currently have can also impact how many calories you burn per day, whether you’re doing everyday activities or actively exercising. Additionally, your height can also impact how you burn fat – taller people tend to burn more calories at rest than shorter people. 

If you’re a shorter person, who may be more hormonally-challenged (aka predisposed hormonally to not being able to easily lose weight), calorie counting or trying to eat as little as possible can actually do a lot more harm than good. These methods can actually slow down your metabolism. No one wants that! To create a diet that’s tailored to you, you want to limit certain areas, like maybe carbs or junk food, without putting yourself on a low-calorie plan. By combining this plan with increased exercise, you’ll be allowing your metabolism to shift into fat-burning mode without cutting down on calories or food intake. 

The Commitment

At the end of the day, if you want to lose weight or change the way your body looks, you’ll have to exercise a good amount to get the results you want. It doesn’t just come down to diet – it also requires physical work! Especially if you’ve never been much of a ‘gym’ person and have low muscle-mass, you’ll need to put in the work to build yourself up to jumpstart your weight loss in the first place.

The road to weight loss or to changing your habits isn’t easy, but it is worth it for a lot of people. To kick start your nutrition and supplement your exercise routine, look no further than FKLA’s nutrition and delicious meal plans.