How to lose weight and be healthy with CICO
CICO (calories in, calories out) is a concept that has been around forever that has recently reemerged as a new “diet”. In reality, CICO is not a diet, it’s basic biochemistry. Your body takes in energy to function, if it receives more energy than it needs it will store the excess as fat for future use. When your calories in are less than or equal to your calories out, it’s physically not possible to gain weight. So does CICO work? Yes, in fact it’s the only way to lose weight. Is it healthy? It depends on what calories you are actually consuming.
Following the CICO “diet”, you will definitely lose weight. But is being thin the same as being healthy? Absolutely not. Say you burn 2000 calories a day and consume 1800 calories worth of Twinkies and Cokes, you will lose weight, but will definitely not feel good. Now on the other hand, if you need 2000 calories for your daily activities, but consume 2200 calories worth of lean meats, fruits and vegetables, you will end up gaining weight even though you are only eating clean, healthy foods.
In order to lose weight and be healthy you must monitor the calories in versus calories out but also be mindful of the actual calories being consumed. So what is the best way to actually do this? Meal planning. Through meal planning you can be sure you are eating the right amount of calories while also making sure you are getting the right foods to feel good. Well Planned can help you accomplish just that with 4 healthy dinner recipes every week. Choose from standard, paleo, gluten free, or vegetarian and get delicious, flavorful meals on the table, knowing exactly how many calories you are consuming but also getting the whole foods you need to lose weight with CICO and be healthy.
So does CICO work? Absolutely, and Well Planned can help you apply the CICO “diet” and be healthy doing it.