A lot of people like to think there is some magic diet that can help them lose weight. They assume they will be able to cut weight if they start intermittent fasting, eating only meat or avoiding carbs. While there are many such diets that can help you achieve your goals, none of them are going to work if you are just eating too many calories, compared to what you are burning. It is why basic calorie counting is the key to losing weight.
Think about weight loss as a simple math equation. You have the calories that you burn each day, subtracted by the calories that you ate. If you are in the positive, then you have lost some weight that day. 3500 calories is a pound off your body! But if you have days where you eat more than you can burn, you will be gaining weight.
If you want to cut weight effectively, you will want to think about eating around 500 calories less than you burn, at minimum. It is the basic number that you will have to achieve each day. It will help you burn roughly one pound a month. If you want to lose more weight, you will have to increase that deficit.
No matter what diet you choose, you must make sure that you are taking calories into account. Say you have decided that you will pursue the diet of intermittent fasting. It is a good idea, because it is a successful diet and it can help you a lot. But you must have a calorie deficit otherwise it is a diet that is not going to do anything substantial for you.
We know that it is something that is tough for people to keep in mind. They want weight loss to be more interesting and intricate. But it is a simple matter. It is just about calories you put into your body versus what you burn!