When it comes to fat loss & weight loss, one thing is undebatable and that is that there is no one right way to succeed. It flabbergasting how much information exists these days in regards to this field, everyone seems to be an expert, from celebrities to sport stars. So how can you even begin to decide which way to go? Nutrition is a reasonably young science and its only in recent times become an area in which lots of research has been undertaken to find better methods for fat loss, weight loss and general health and wellbeing. Im very thankful for the research leaking into our homes, as some of the crazy fads, and trends we have utilised over the decades have been chaos. Check some of these out, and I bet most of you have tried at least 1 if not more of the methods in the past, YES?
As we take on this fat loss adventure, recall: there is no “one” right way to lose weight and incinerate body fat. The right way will be different for most people, so its about what works best for you. And most of all it must be sustainable, and optimise the way you perform, feel and look!
Okay are you ready to time travel? Lets get cracking:
1. Calorie Counting
The idea behind this is that if you hope to shed excess body weight, you must be consuming fewer calories than you burn off over the course of the day. Doing so will create the calorie deficit necessary to get the body turning to your body fat stores as incinerating it. This diet set-up can definitely work. Today, researchers recognise the importance of monitoring total calorie intake. However, thanks to the continued research in the food sciences and aligned sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, exercise science) we are starting to realise thats its not just about the calorie total, but the make up of these calories that play a vital role as well in the goal of sustained and healthy fat loss and weight loss.
Back in the day, as far as exercise was concerned, we saw most people doing aerobic type of training. Step aerobics, running, and water aerobics were all popular as a means of getting the body to burn more calories and hence lose weight. As the scales was the measuring tool of success and or failure, many people found that with the aerobic style exercise they did lose weight, however, they were just a little version of themselves. They had no dramatic body shape changes, but the scale told them they were lighter, so they had succeeded. Today we know much more about the correct way to change or transform your body shape using the training methods that align to stimulating ones metabolic functions, not staling.
So what came after the “calorie counting” fad, well it was the shift to “fat free” food, and this era was a debacle, catastrophic really!
Lets read on:
As time passed, people started looking more at what they were eating, not just how much. This caused us to enter the “Fat-Free fad”. Basically, if a food had dietary fat in it, the notion was this would be more likely to lead to body fat. As such, people everywhere began avoiding all foods that contained more than a couple grams of dietary fat. We also saw food manufacturers coming out with every version of a low fat or fat free food possible. Low fat cookies, fat free ice cream, low fat cake, and on it went. People immediately saw this as an invite to eat these foods (since fat was the enemy here) and feasted on as many high carb – (high sugar) low fat, man made lab foods possible.
Metabolic chaos was being engineered. Some people may have initially lost some weight at first, but quite often, heavy weight gain was experienced. Now we know that this type of diet would induce a serious state of insulin resistance thanks to all the sugar ladened crap that people were eating on a regular basis. If it was low fat, it was ‘diet friendly’, or so they thought. People would easily tally up thousands of calories per day if they weren’t careful, which also cont