Want Fat Loss? Stop Counting Calories!
A calorie deficit is absolutely required to lose weight, but we make a mistake when we think eating less and exercising more is the only way to achieve fat loss.
Change your approach to fat loss
Meal plans that require a long period of calorie restriction may create fat loss early on, but are not sustainable long-term. Overtraining will also backfire at some point. This unrealistic way of eating (or not eating) and exercising will create hunger, irritability, lethargy, and will metabolically slow your calorie-burning capacity. It will also have an undesirable impact on how you maintain and build muscle. The last thing you want to do while participating in a fitness and nutrition program is sacrifice lean muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you will burn at rest.
Eating more quantities of high quality whole foods rich in water, lean protein, and fiber while minimizing foods high in starch and/or fat (low energy, poor fat sources) is a different path to the same outcome. A balanced diet also steadies blood sugar levels and stabilizes energy. This hormonal approach works because it adjusts hormones responsible for hunger and cravings. With this type of eating, the amount of calories we consume naturally is automatically lowered and we don’t have to count a thing.
Yes, you read that correctly. With this method, it is possible to lose fat WITHOUT having to count calories. You can eat and still lose fat! Wellness success is inevitable when you combine this way of eating with a lifestyle program that involves smart movement, resistance training, better sleep and rest when needed.
- Taking a calories first approach means more hunger, low energy and insatiable cravings. It also creates
metabolic compensations that slow, rather than speed fat loss.
- Taking a hormonal approach to fat loss allows us to see food not just as calories but as information for the metabolism that lowers hunger, reduces cravings and gives us sustained and stable energy all while enhancing fat burning efficiency.
Two approaches to the same goal. Which do you choose? Please stop playing the weight loss game with calorie counting, starvation tactics, and overtraining!
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When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.