Fat Loss Strategies
The road to fitness is a long and arduous one, and this especially applies to fat loss. After all, it generally requires major lifestyle and diet changes, which don’t happen over night. You have probably seen all the fad diets and faux fat loss strategies that promise to burn fat fast with little effort.
But honestly, that’s just not how fat loss works. Fat loss strategies are not easy. There are some fat loss strategies that are very aggressive which don’t help you fine-tune your diet. So what are some fat loss strategies that you really don’t need?
1. Fat Loss vs Weight Loss
Before we get into the strategies, let’s talk about something that most people get wrong. And that is of course, the difference between fat loss and weight loss.
Weight loss comes from different areas of the body,
1. Water weight: Water retention, water manipulation, water loading.
2. Bowels: That’s right, a quick trip to the bathroom could shave off a few pounds.
3. Bladder: Even a pee break could take off a few pounds.
4. Muscle: A decrease in LBM (Lean Body Mass could alter your overall weight).
1. Specifically from adipose tissue or around the organs (visceral fat)
As you can see, fat loss is pretty straightforward. It’s a lot easier to lose weight than it is to lose body fat. So now that we have an understanding of the basics, let’s get into some fat loss strategies that you should steer clear of.
2. Ketogenic Diet
Recently the keto diet has risen to the spotlight as the best diet for fat loss. However, this isn’t exactly the case. This is just one method it’s certainly not the best. This diet was devised to help epileptics manage their seizures. Let’s get into some reasons why this diet might not be the best for you:
- You’re not epileptic.
- You enjoy carbs too much.
- You don’t like high fat foods.
While the keto diet works for some, it’s certainly not for everyone. Here are some alternatives:
- Evenly spread out your carbohydrates throughout the day.
- Add a lot more protein to your diet.
- Do alternate day fasting.
- Don’t be afraid to eat carbs
3. Low Carb Diets
Pretty similar to the keto philosophy, but not as intense. People are constantly enforcing the idea that low carb diets are best, but carbs don’t make you fat. For you to put on body fat through carbs alone you would have to eat roughly three times more than your daily calories through carbs.
There is nothing unique about low carb, even though people swear that by going low carb they have lost weight. “When I cut out bread, pasta, rice, cake etc, I lost like 3lbs” Well done on your weight loss, but all you’ve simply done is ate less than you normally would. It’s has nothing to do with carbs.
Why this might not be for you:
- You enjoy eating carbs.
- You don’t plan or prep your days food.
- You don’t know exactly what a carb is.
Here are some alternatives to the low carb/no carb diet:
- Eat more veggies.
- Eat a lot more protein.
- Keep carbs in, but space them out throughout the day in smaller amounts giving you the impression that you’re on a low carb diet.
- Save your carbs for the last meal of the day.
The Fat Loss Strategies Takeaway
All in all, fat loss can be difficult to achieve and it requires a lot of discipline and consistency. Try and stay away from fad diets and fat loss strategies that promise results overnight.
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Author: Chris Friesen
Chris Friesen is a gym owner, personal trainer, online fitness coach and former “fat dad” living on 60 beautiful acres of countryside in rural Canada.
He specializes in helping busy parents shed body fat quickly, WITHOUT becoming gym rats OR giving up the foods they love to eat.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids, sitting in his hot tub out in the snow with a glass of bourbon, and yelling at his (many) misbehaving barn cats.