New Delhi: If you are one of the millions of people wanting to lose weight, this piece of news might help you shed those extra pounds you have gained without much efforts, or perhaps, stay motivated with your plan to get fit. A woman, who struggled with emotional eating for years, revealed how she managed to lose over six stone five pounds (about 40kg) and strip belly fat in a short span of time. But it’s not a crash diet or a rigorous fitness regime that helped her shed the excess pounds, giving her flat abs – guess what? The woman, known only as her Reddit username ‘fordshan’, said her weight loss journey has been mostly CICO and controlling her emotional eating, reports express.co.uk.
So, what is the CICO diet?
CICO stands for Calories In, Calories Out, and essentially is all about calorie counting. In other words, this diet requires you to consume fewer calories than you expend each day on physical activity and vital functions – such as breathing and keeping warm). CICO, or calorie counting, is a popular way to lose weight, widely used by many weight watchers to help them slim down. However, many experts argue that CICO is just another name for a weight loss myth that refuses to die.
How she did it
Posting her before and after transformation pictures, the woman said that she started out more dedicated to tracking calories consumed and burned through My Fitness Pal, which she gave up later because she preferred estimating in her head rather than inputting everything into the app. She also said that she goes for high volume foods rather than smaller portions as she tends to not get full very easily. Of course, she also goes to the gym to do a little bit of exercise.
Besides this, it’s important to make small, healthier decisions like walking instead of driving when travelling a short distance if you’re seriously committed to slimming down.
Talking about how she overcame her emotional eating, she said: “This is extra great because working out can be a good way to make yourself feel better while burning calories; once you motivate yourself to start exercising instead of indulging in a bag of chips, it feels amazing.”
So, weight loss is not always about taking up a rigorous exercise plan or eating nothing but broccoli and spinach, it’s about making small, simple changes to our eating habits or physical activity levels on a consistent basis.