We live in a world of information overload, & the birth of social media has provided many individuals and self-proclaimed ‘experts’ or ‘gurus’ with a voice…
Often, these voices tell you that they have THE answer, and that they have THE secret, and that ultimately, their way is THE way.
When it comes to fat loss & getting in shape, there are many ways to train and many ways to set up a nutritional plan….
…..however what works for someone else is not guaranteed to work for you.
The work that is required to achieve any goal is always obviously dependent on the specifics of the goal in question, that been said, I believe there are 4 basic areas that apply to ANY fat loss related goal…..
Today, we are just going to look at number 1, I’ll be in touch over the next few days with the rest…
1) Eating and understanding calories:
Nutrition is a MASSIVE topic and probably THE most confusing area of fat loss.
>However, in simple terms, fat loss ultimately comes to down to creating a calorie deficit.
This is ESSENTIAL, please don’t let anybody tell you calories don’t count. Too much of ANY food can result in weight gain.
A deficit can be achieved in a variety of methods and no one approach suits everyone.
What I will say is that when it comes to a creating a calorie deficit consider the following:
>What is the highest (not lowest) number of calories you can consume to achieve your goals? This will prevent you from starving yourself, setting unsustainable targets and stop you from burning out and giving up on your goals… remember that by definition, calories are a unit of ENERGY.
>The biggest influencing factor on fat loss is the TOTAL amount of calories you consume on a continual basis, not the time of day that you consume your calories.
Eg: let’s say you need to eat 2500kcal, but you have a busy day and it gets to 9pm but you still have 500kcal left to consume, then eat!!
It is the total figure that you hit by the end of the day that counts.
Start with the basics first, if you reading this and you are struggling with losing body fat, I suggest you start by logging your daily food intake.
You can easily do this by downloading the myfitnesspal app on your phone.
Its free, its simple and very user friendly.
Don’t worry about the targets the app sets you with, just use it as a log, this will help you to assess exactly where you are at with your intake.
It will also educate you on the true calorie content of certain food choices!
I’m not saying that you need to log everything, every day for the rest of your life, but if what you are doing isn’t working, then perhaps it’s time to try something new?
That’s all for today, if you get stuck with anything, then give me shout,
Tristan ‘calories DO count’ Buttle
Ps – part 2 with you tomorrow, if you are lucky!