Calorie Deficit – Calories In/Calories Out for Weight Loss
I would like to tell you about one weight loss strategy that could literally make or break your success. You may have heard about it this top fat loss tip, but if you don’t get it right, you may as well just bag the weight loss idea altogether. There is one difference, however, between this advice and one that you might not have thought about, and it will make a complete difference for you.
There are quite a few weight loss experts and various diet programs that say calories don’t matter. They either tell you to just eat certain foods, or not eat certain foods, and that is all it will take to lose the weight. Wrong! There are many, many of these diets that lead you to believe there are certain magic foods basically, and other foods that are evil and do nothing but store fat, and therefore you can never have those foods ever again.
Yet, there are another group of “gurus” that claim the insulin/carbohydrate theory which basically says that the carbs makes the insulin into body fat. So in a sense, they are stating that carbs equal fat and therefore that’s why there is an obesity epidemic today.
Well, they are all wrong.
It’s not to say that’s all nutrition is about is calories in/calories out. The quality of the food and the content does matter. The food you take in also has a big effect on your energy levels. When you look at all the refined starches, sugar, and pop, out there, and people are consuming all those excess calories, it’s no wonder we have an obesity problem.
Now, pointing out that fact excess calories is essentially the root cause of the weight gain, it’s not just carbohydrates causing the problem. The focus really needs to be on the deficit of calories, regardless of where the calories came from, even if it’s low carb.
You may have been told or heard it many times that you just need to exercise more and eat less. Well, saying that, and focus on the calorie deficit, it not the same thing. This is where you could be stuck and not move forward with your weight loss if you don’t understand this concept.
What happens is that when you exercise more, you could end up consuming more calories because you are burning them up and therefore feel more hungry. On the other side of that, eating less may not give you the energy you need to move around, so you move less, thus, cancelling the deficit. Then you’ll wonder why you can’t lose the weight and you could be totally confused as to why you’re staying the same.
The key to losing weight then is focusing on that calorie deficit.
There are many ways of getting that deficit that is needed to lose fat. And some of them, are no so good, they are actually pretty ridiculous. For instance, the fads that you hear about, such as eating grapefruit, the cabbage diet, the cookie diet…not very smart dieting.
Basically it all boils down to this. Calorie deficit is required for fat loss, end of story. Now, once you establish your deficit, you then need to tweak the actual content of those calories and look at what is required for it all to be healthy. You’ll need the proper essential fats, micronutrients, macronutrients, and good food quality in general.
Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle program, is a perfect example of this concept and strategy for fit and healthy living.
Keep this one rule in mind, focus on the calorie deficit, to make the most success of your weight loss journey and to reach your goals.
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