10 things you need to know about fat loss (part 1)

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10 things you need to know about fat loss (part 1)

05th Mar 2014

10 things you need to know about fat loss (part 1)

  1. Fat loss vs weight loss
There’s a difference! Weight loss may involve unsustainable, temporary diets that significantly cut calories, and can lead to muscle loss. Also, because the diet is temporary…so are the results. In fact you may even pile more weight back on afterwards.
Fat loss will involve a plan that allows fat tissue to be used by your body as energy. This requires correct nutrition and a training programme, that can be used to build habits to burn body fat and keep it off!

  1. Eat less and move more is an outdated approach
This is what we are consistently told, that if we burn more calories than we consume, we can lose fat. However, while calories are relevant, they’re far from the whole story. Hormones play a huge part in fat storage, and are affected heavily by the nature of the foods we eat.

  1. You can’t out-train a bad diet
Fat loss begins in the kitchen! Even simple dietary changes can contribute to correcting hormonal imbalances, restarting your metabolism and importantly, mobilizing your fat stores to burn. Exercise alone may actually do very little for fat loss, unless it’s teamed with a sustainable nutrition program.

  1. Cut the refined carbs, to cut the body fat
Quick science lesson: When we eat, our blood sugar (glucose) levels rise. The extent to which they rise depends primarily on the amount and quality of the carbohydrate content. Insulin is secreted as a result, which determines where the excess glucose goes. It gets converted to be used in our muscles and liver, and all that is left over is stored as fat in fat tissue, for later use. However, if we keep feeding ourselves with high amounts of poor quality carbs, this cycle starts again. The muscles and liver are fuelled buy what we consume, and the fat stores never get a chance to be burned. In fact, they are added too.
Focus on getting your carbs from vegetables. Fruit is great in moderation, and stick to potatoes and brown/wild rice for post-training. Other than that, high levels of poor quality carbs (wheat products included) are not just unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

  1. Fat doesn't make you fat
We’re talking natural fats here, even saturated fats. Our body needs fat to survive. As well as being the body’s preferred energy source, its used in everything from vitamin absorption to nerve conduction. Despite saturated fats also getting the blame for raising cholesterol; that’s not strictly true. Read more about that here. We’ve been advised to avoid fat for decades, and the result is more obesity and more disease.

Stay tuned for part 2 of 10 things you need to know about fat loss…