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O/T: HEALTH The Last "Fat Loss" Advice You'll Ever Need

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by AlexLegault, Apr 28, 2018.

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    This is going to be a long post, but here it goes.

    I've noticed lots of people giving advice and searching for ways to lose fat effectively on the forum lately, and I thought I'd give you my perspective and what's worked for me as well as past clients I had.

    So here it is..

    ***

    4 years ago, I used to be really chunky (well over 200 pounds of mostly fat and barely any muscle).

    I had the hardest time losing "weight" and used to do hours of research, day after day hoping to find the "secret" to fat loss (notice I said "fat loss" and not "weight loss").

    But during college as I was helping my personal training clients and myself lose fat and get into shape, (some of which "couldn't lose weight" either apparently), I've found that it comes down to these few key things.


    1. Eat right for your metabolic type.

    Sounds super fancy, I know. What does it mean? All it means is this.

    Eat instinctively.

    Everyone is different, and therefore, has different needs. Some people need more meat than others. Some people need to eat as vegans, others thrive on low carb diets, it doesn't matter. At the end of the day you need to eat the way that FEELS right for YOU.

    Eat to balance your body and your mind.

    Tip: A good way to test this is by doing challenge diets. Try eating as a vegan one day. Try eating only meat and butter for another. See how you feel. Your body will tell you what you need more of if you listen.

    If you feel tired all the time eating all meat and fats one day, try adding more fruits and vegetables in your diet. If you're eating only fruits, veggies and grains but never feel satiated, add more fat.

    Be like a scientist and experiment. Eventually you will find what works for you and what your individual needs are (instead of blindly following other people's advice).

    2. Eat regularly to satisfy hunger.

    Eat slightly smaller main meals and eat snacks to increase your metabolic rate (the rate at which you burn calories).

    3. Eat high-quality food

    Get rid of the sugar and processed junk. Not only does it make you look like sh*t, it makes you feel like sh*t too.

    It's hard to chase your dreams and achieve your goals when your main source of energy is coming from packaged garbage and pop tarts.

    MILLIONS of cells in your body die EVERY SECOND.

    And guess what?

    Those new cells that are being created are being made out of what you're eating.

    So if you're eating garbage, guess what you're being made out of?

    The more processed food you put into your body, the HARDER your body has to work to get it out of your system.

    Your body is thinking "Hmm, should we help this guy build muscle, lose fat and look more attractive? OR should we try to survive and get rid of these toxis? Meh. F*ck this guy. His gains can wait."

    All your body cares about is survival.

    Feed it right and you will not only feel better, but you will look better too.

    4. Drink plenty of water

    You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces every day. This is super important. Your body needs water so that your liver can effectively metabolize body fat.

    Water also keeps you full and therefore less hungry.

    5. Move your body

    Bodybuilding, Dodgeball, hiking, walking or other miscellaneous things *cough cough*.

    It doesn't matter. Just make sure you remain active and get plenty of movement each and every day.

    If you can and enjoy working out, do it. Building muscle is FAR more beneficial to losing fat then doing hours of cardio.

    Why?

    Because the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate will be and therefore the more food you can eat without gaining fat.

    It's also easier to stay lean when you have more muscle because muscle is very metabolically active, meaning it's a fat burning tissue.

    The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.

    That being said, if you go to the gym and you do workout, try not to sit for the rest of the hours in the day. Make an effort to keep moving so that your metabolism doesn't come to a screeching halt or it could hinder your progress (along with making you more unhealthy in general).

    6. Get to bed before midnight

    Going to sleep late every night disrupts your sleep/wake cycles. Not only that, it also adds stress to your body and increases your chances of gaining weight because of hormonal imbalances.

    7. Never diet again.

    STOP. CUTTING. CALORIES.

    There. I said it.

    I promise you it doesn't work in the long run. Me, my clients and many other people had to learn it the hard way. Don't make the same mistake.

    The reason why calorie restriction diets don't work is because..

    When you cut calories dramatically, you disrupt important hormones and enzymes.

    What happens when you disrupt important hormones and enzymes?

    Your insulin goes up.
    Your stress goes up.
    Your metabolic rate goes down.
    Your muscle mass decreases.
    Your lipogenic fat-storing enzymes go up.
    And your lipogenic fat-burning enzymes go down.


    ALL of which contribute to you gaining more weight, wondering what's wrong with you and continuing the perpetual cycle of looking in the mirror, not liking what you see, working harder (not smarter), following other people's dogma and not getting the results you want.

    That being said, I'll say it one more time.

    Stop cutting calories. And burn all your diet books!

    ***

    So there it is! It's a lot of information I know, but if you follow these steps that I used to succeed for not only myself, but my clients as well, I'm sure you'll get the results you're looking for.

    Just like anything though, it takes time.

    Which brings me to the final and last piece of advice I'll give you...

    YOU WILL FAIL.

    I promise you will. Sorry.

    If you follow these steps and try to do them all at once, you'll find yourself asking the same question over and over again. (Only next time, you might be bigger!)

    But if you make LIFESTYLE CHANGES and change only 1, maybe 2 things at a time and make it a HABIT, your success is practically guaranteed.


    Health is a process as well. Enjoy the journey and if you fall off the wagon, just get right back on.

    Good luck to you!

    P.S.

    If you do end up getting great results, send me some before and after pics. I'd love to see them!

    All the best! :)
     
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    Thank you very much !!! appreciate this .
     
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    Saw the thread title and was expecting to disagree with the content inside, but shockingly, I can't disagree with any of it.

    It's really common sense.

    But sometimes common sense ain't so common.
     
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    lmao, I completely agree. Thanks!
     
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    This one isn't actually true. It became accepted wisdom in bodybuilding circles etc but it's been proven recently to not be true.

    Monday Myths - Eating Small Frequent Meals Will Boost Metabolism

    Plenty of other sources if you google 'em
     
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    Agree with this. Not to say that it isn't helpful, but the only thing eating smaller, more frequent meals helps with is to control hunger and thus minimize risks of those strong cravings where you say 'F*ck it' and binge. It does not 'increase' your metabolism.


    I like your post and your tips, and especially that you disclose that this is your perspective and what you've observed. However, it kinda goes against the Title of the post as you mentioned it's 'the last advice you'll ever need'. Your approach will work for some, it may not work for others.

    Good advice in general. However, this isn't directly tied to Fat Loss. This will mainly impact energy levels, mood, emotional mindset, etc for the person. Also, they will enjoy their eating style better as they are eating what makes THEMSELVES feel good.

    Fat loss is only a result of a caloric deficit. I know you mention below to not cut your calories, but you cannot deny the laws of biology just as you cannot deny the laws of physics. Your body will only drop fat/weight due to a caloric deficit. This is fact and has been proven by millions of clinical scientific studies and research. You may or may not be aware if you are in a caloric deficit, but regardless if you are aware of it or not, your body will react the same way.

    Very helpful and good advice, I commented on this in the beginning of my post.

    Super important for overall HEALTH and everyone should be doing this. Feed your body quality food. However, this again doesn't directly affect Fat Loss. You can actually be eating shitty food, be on a caloric deficit, and still lose fat/weight. Again, proven by research and science. BUT, it does negatively affect your biological health.

    Yup. super important

    Yup. Great advice for staying active, keeping your body healthy, and improving body composition. I won't say this isn't directly linked to Fat Loss because exercising and being active does contribute to burning calories and thus can help you be in a caloric deficit. However, you can be doing 2 hours of exercise a day and be in great 'shape/condition', but if you are still binge eating and in a caloric surplus, you will not lose fat/weight, but rather gain.

    This is great advice again for overall health, but does not affect Fat Loss at all.

    I will have to put it bluntly, this passage has a major flaw yet also a major truth. Yes, cutting calories 'DRAMATICALLY', and this is the key word does disrupt your hormones, BUT it DOES result in Fat Loss. Just science again.. caloric deficit = lose fat/weight. HOWEVER, if you attempt to dramatically cut your calories to where you are in a MEGA-deficit, it will not be sustainable. You're energy levels will plummet, you will feel like shit, and you will likely enter the moment where you can't handle it anymore, say 'F*ck it' and binge, thus gain the weight back, if not more.

    To lose fat, you MUST cut calories. It is the ONLY way. Whether you like it or not. If you don't want to count calories, that's fine, many people don't, and that's where all your other super valuable and helpful advice comes into play, to aid a person into being in a caloric deficit. Eating regularly small meals to combat hunger attacks, working out in any form to burn more calories during a given day, eating quality food to give your body the nutrients and energy it needs to feel and perform at peak levels. All great stuff. But these only help someone who doesn't want to be counting calories to POSSIBLY achieve a caloric deficit. Most likely it will. But if people follow all these tips and still aren't losing fat / weight, it is because they are still not in a caloric deficit. Simple as that. Rather than cutting calories dramatically, it is far more sustainable to be at a slight caloric deficit to where you don't feel like shit, still have energy, etc, but are losing fat/weight slowly, but surely, and consistently.


    Great post and thanks for sharing your advice with us and the forum. My intent is not to discredit the advice, but rather to show how they are helpful and how they attribute to a caloric deficit state, which ultimately is the only thing that affects Fat Loss.. as that was the Title you gave your post.

    Thanks!
     

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