Best Way to Lose Weight

What’s the best way to lose weight?  Counting calories and moderation.

I get asked from time to time if I had it all to do over again (you know, the whole lose 125 pounds in 10 months thing) if I would still choose to lose weight by counting calories.  Honestly, I’m taken aback a little bit.  It’s like asking the winner of the World Series a few minutes after winning the championship whether they would’ve done anything different to get there.

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Sure, I know that there are many ways to lose 125 pounds, but not only did my way work alright for me, I think it’s the best way to lose weight period.

Why is calorie counting the best way to lose weight?

Because it’s better than all the other ways, of course.  What are all the “other ways,” you might ask?  Well, here goes, and try not to get offended:

  • South Beach Diet
  • Medifast
  • Nutrisystem
  • Slimfast
  • The Diet Solution
  • Sonoma Diet
  • No/low carb diets
  • Atkins
  • The Zone Diet
  • Paleo Diet
  • Raw Food Diet
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Weight Watchers (not the points, but the money/life membership part)

I strongly believe counting calories is the best way to lose weight for most people.  While a couple of diets listed above might be appealing or best for those with certain conditions or set goals in mind (Paleo Diet, for one), for John and Jane Smith in Bangor, Maine or Boise, Idaho counting calories is going to be the best way for them to lose weight.

Remember, this is just my opinion (even though every health organization and government agency agrees with me). Don’t worry though, this post is the first of a two part series — I’ll back my talk up shortly with actual reasons.

For now, though, what do you think is the best way to lose weight?  Why?