Fat loss and nutrition go hand in hand, no doubt this is the basis for most of the internet searches when it comes to fitness. The issue with this is there is so much information out there on search engines it’s hard to tell which is complete crap and which is sound advice. There are tons and tons of nutrition plans that claim they are all best for fat loss. Here is the simple truth, all these have one thing in common. They put you at a caloric deficit! That’s it! If you want to lose weight you just need to burn more calories than you take in. Let’s look at 5 ways that you can get on a plan and stick to it to get you shredded.
Mainstream media has scared so many people that carbs are bad for you that they make you fat, and you need to be low carb to lose weight. WRONG! The truth is carbs are our bodies main fuel for energy. The issue is that people have a higher carbohydrate intake than they need. Yes, too many carbohydrates can translate into fat if you don’t use them. This is where carb cycling comes in. On days, you lift weights or do cardio you need have a higher carb intake than on rest days. This also will help leptin levels in the body which signals the brain that you are getting enough energy intake so it doesn’t need to store any as fat.
This is by far the biggest setback to all nutrition plans. What happens is you start a diet on a Monday don’t see any results after a week or two then stop it and revert back to your old ways. Nutrition and fat loss comes down to one simple rule. CONSISTENCY! You can’t try something for a week or two and say it doesn’t work, especially with nutrition. Trust your plan and stick to it. Eventually, something will happen. You can make small adjustments if needed.
With all the information out there it can be very hard to sift through all the knowledge. Luckily in today’s age, we have tons and tons of ways to learn. There is YouTube, libraries, fitness centers, nutritionist, and Google. You can pick up a textbook on nutrition for as little as $15 on Amazon and have it in a few days. Granted seeking a professional would be easier but having the knowledge yourself can make it much easier to make better food choices and really understand what you are putting in your body.
Supplements next to nutrition is also a big subject to anyone who enters a gym. This is where education really comes in handy! Again, you also have tons of resources to figure out what supplements work and which ones don’t. A few that have been proven to work for fat loss are whey protein, Branched Chain Amino Acids, (BCAA supplementation can help you maintain muscle mass, keep muscular energy levels up, and even build muscle while you are dropping fat), and Fat burners of course!
You probably are tired of hearing this from all the meat heads and personal trainers saying protein, protein, protein. There is a shred of truth to this; protein unlike carbohydrates are not used as fuel for the body during activity. Virtually every gram of protein we ingest gets utilized in muscle repair. By increasing muscle mass you will increase your overall metabolism! Who doesn’t love burning more calories doing nothing?