Which one of these foods below does a person, willing to lose weight, give up first?

  • Pastries
  • Chocolate and sweets
  • Fried food

I’ll give two answers:

  1. A logical answer
  2. An answer I’d give to a close friend or family member

First, I’ll answer the question from a pure numbers perspective since that is what matters for weight loss.

You’ll get the most bang for your buck giving up the food responsible for the most amount of calories in your diet first.

This really depends on your unique situation: how much of each of these foods you eat and how frequently you eat them.

Fried food generally contains a lot of calories due to the high fat content, but if you’re only eating one serving of onion rings per week and eating two large pastries every day, then you’d save more calories eliminating the pastries.

If you eat a ton of fried food but only have one square of chocolate per week, obviously it makes more sense to give up the fried food.

Now, I’ll answer from more of a big picture weight loss and health perspective.

If weight loss is all you care about, you don’t actually have to give up any of these foods.

All you have to do is manage your calorie intake below what you expend in calories and you will lose weight over time.

I describe how to do that in this post.

Counting calories doesn’t involve eliminating any foods from your diet. You just need to be aware of how many calories are in the foods you are eating so that you can keep track and make sure you are in a calorie deficit.

If you are concerned about overall health, it’s probably a good idea to make sure things like pastries, sweets, and fried foods do not make up the majority of your calories. But again, you can address this without eliminating them completely.

The benefit of learning to manage your calorie intake and food choices is that you never have to give up the foods you love. You can enjoy treats and indulgences in moderation without feeling like you are sabotaging your weight goal or your overall health.

If you want an easy way to plan out your target calories on a calendar and make sure you are tracking towards your weight goal, I created a free spreadsheet you can use.

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