The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming!
Not only can holiday comfort bring great food and lots of it, it can bring about a lot of stress too. Stress can easily lead to weight gain, but it isn't the end the world.
If your goal is just to lose weight, and you don't care what kind of weight you're losing, or how long it will stay gone then cutting calories will definitely help with weight loss, but this can be dangerous. The body needs calories for energy.
Certainly dieting is a major factor in weight loss, but unless you have a problem with overeating, there might not be a need. Then again, if you want to overhaul your entire diet in order to enact an actual life change, cutting calories may be the thing for you.
Understand, though, that once those pounds melt off from cutting calories that resuming your former eating habits will just bring the pounds right back.
So what can you do?
Cardio work outs like power walking, jogging, sprinting, cycling, and swimming are all great ways to burn fat because those movements for a prolonged period over several days a week force the body to burn more calories, but again, once those pounds melt off, if you stop the cardio the pounds will come right back.
Another method to burn fat more so than lose weight in general is to build lean muscle mass. This means toning the muscle fibers with routine exercises as well as growing the size of the muscles by intaking more protein. While there might be an initial period of weight gain, bigger muscles require more calories for maintenance. So, instead of storing unused calories in the form of fat cells your regular calorie intake-if not increased dramatically-will be sufficient to burn fat.
Some kind of comfortable combination of the suggestions above are usually best for most people. Time is a commodity, and many people can't give 2 hours to the gym 5 times a week, but many people can cut carbs, junk food, or fast food from their diets. Also, taking 15 minutes twice a day 2 or 3 days a week for a quick cardio work out can be much more effective than most assume.
The important thing here is to balance the amount of calories burned with the amount of calories eaten. Bigger muscles burn more calories. Larger diets store more fat cells in the body. Whatever you do, do it healthy and make sure to consult your physician first.