Lose fat by eating more? Crazy right? Keep reading.
Eat less, move more and you’ll lose weight and improve your health right? Bullshit!
‘Health Professionals’ have been trying to sell this one for a while. Yet, obesity is at a high, heart disease is rampant and people are still failing at fat/weight loss. You’ve definitely heard it, definitely tried it and if you’re here, you didn’t get the results you wanted. So where do you go now?
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When consulting with clients we often hear about diets they’ve tried: fasting, juice cleanses, ultra-low calorie diets and others. After the ‘quick fix’ plans have been tried and have failed, it’s up to us to pick up the pieces. What most novices don’t realise, is that the quick fix diet plans can work for the short term. After 4-6 weeks, it will be unlikely that any progress will continue.
These diets usually cause some sort of long term damage in the body, which if left unchecked, will make future fat loss efforts almost impossible. Not to mention putting back on all the weight they lost and then some just a few short weeks after ending the diet.
Most people don’t get enough nutrition to support their essential bodily functions on a daily basis. As a result, the body thinks its being starved, yet it learns to survive. Survival means holding on to it’s emergency fat reserves at all costs. Add a training session or two and you begin to steal more energy from the body, starving it even more. At this point your body will look for ways to make itself more efficient, burn less calories and store more fat until the starvation period ends.
Lose Fat by Eating More
When we tell people they’re not eating enough for fat loss, the first look we get is one of confusion. If you really want to lose bodyfat, make sure your plan is sustainable and set up for the long term. If you’ve set up a plan for rapid fat loss, chances are you’ve cut your calories ridiculously low. Committing yourself to an unsustainable training plan of several sessions a week only to see no results at the end. Chances are, you don’t know why this is happening, so I’m going to break it down for you.
Survival of the fattest
The human body, is set up for survival. Only in recent years (the last 70 odd) have humans had an abundance of food whenever they wanted it. Before this, real food was rationed, relatively expensive or scarce. As such our bodies have been evolutionarily hardwired to store energy (glucose and fat) whenever there is an abundance.
Now there’s an abundance of food, higher calorie density from processed foods and low nutrients because of ‘fake food’. The average human body is storing fat faster then ever. Years ago this was an evolutionary advantage, but today it’s leading to death and disease at an alarming rate.
Traditional medicine and government initiatives are trying their best to stop it but have no hope despite their best efforts. They prescribe the same off the shelf diet advice as most best selling ‘fat loss guides’; reduce your calories and exercise more. If you keep doing what you’ve always done; you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.
Calorie Balance and Nutrient Density
Fat loss, no matter how we break it down does come to calorie balance. At some stage during your body transformation plan you will need to control and reduce calories. However, in our opinion it should never be the first variable you change in a fat loss plan.
Yes calories are important, but where they come from matter a lot more. One of the quickest ways to begin to heal the body is to provide it with nutrients both macro and micro.
While paying attention to your protein, carbs and fats, you also need to make sure you maintain a healthy vitamin and mineral balance. Exercisers deplete minerals and vitamins at a much faster rate. More reason to be on top of you’re supplementation in order to support the body in your athletic endeavours.
Take home message
If you feed your body too many calories, it will store fat. Feed your body foods with low nutrition foods, you will store fat, damage your health and age prematurely. Reduce your calories too low and exercise too much, you will lose muscle not fat and will damage your metabolism. If there’s no balance in micronutrients, macronutrients and minerals, performance will drop, you’ll feel rubbish and fat loss becomes an uphill struggle. On the other hand…
Give your body enough nutrients, from real food and quality supplementation, you’ll feel great. You’ll have an abundance of energy and support your survival. When your body understands survival is not an issue, it will become your ally in the quest to lose fat. Focus on good nutrition and supplementation, you’ll eat more than you’ve ever eaten and still lose or maintain weight. Focus on improving your life, maximising your health and nourishing your body. The rest will follow…