3 Major Fat Loss Mistakes

Almost everyone would like to lose body fat because it makes us healthier and move more easily. There are a lot of misconceptions about fat loss that this blog will address. It will break down three common mistakes that people make when they are trying to lose fat and provide a framework for which fat loss can be achieved.


1. NOT Focusing On Net Calories

The number of calories you consume in a day vs the number of calories you burn is the most important factor in fat loss. This is not up for debate because it is grounded in the first law of thermodynamics which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. This means in order to transform fat into energy we must burn more energy than we are consuming in our food and drinks.

Knowing that a calorie deficit is necessary is the starting point to achieving fat loss and the second step is selecting the types of foods you are going to eat. It is best to select nutrient dense healthy foods like fruits, veggies, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats. This is not only because they are better for you than sugary processed foods, but also because they have fewer calories and will be more likely to put you in a calorie deficit. Don’t be fooled though! You can still overeat on calories even if you are eating only healthy foods. The best thing to do for the first couple weeks at least is to use a calorie tracker on your phone or computer like MyFitnessPal. This will help until you have a firm understanding of how many calories are in different types of foods.

 

2. NOT Following A Sustainable Nutrition Plan

One of the most common misconceptions about fat loss is that you absolutely must have a low carbohydrate diet. There is one study that showed patients on a high carb vs low carb calorie-controlled diet lost the same amount of fat. This drives home the point that the most important thing about fat loss is your number of calories in vs out. It is a simple energy transfer.

You may restrict carbs however you like, but the point is to choose a diet that is actually sustainable. If you try not to eat any carbs at all it doesn’t really make sense. Try going for good carbs like fruits and veggies. To achieve fat loss, you must be able to stick to your nutrition plan for a long time. Fad diets where you crash and burn won’t be effective in losing fat.

 

3. NOT Focusing On Strength Training & Instead Doing Cardio

There is a common misconception that came out of a study on obese adults doing cardio and losing more weight than the ones who did cardio and strength training, that assumes that cardio is superior for fat loss. This is not true, because the reason they lost more fat is purely because they were burning more calories doing the cardio. The exact same result could be achieved if they had just cut 300 calories from their diet.

Strength training has more benefits than cardio. It actually helps us to build muscle which helps us to burn more calories over time and boosts our metabolism. We can use fat as energy to build muscle.

If someone is trying to build muscle, they do not want to be in a calorie deficit but be in a surplus. It is up to you to determine your body type and what exactly you are trying to achieve. It is possible to lose muscle mass while trying to lose fat. Be sure to eat a high protein diet and continue with strength training.

 

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