I am going to share with you the most crucial weight loss strategy that will literally make or break your success.
This is the number one fat loss tip I could ever give you.
If you do not get this right, you can kiss your fat loss results goodbye.
This is the one absolute requirement for weight loss and what you probably heard before.
Melvin Williams, PhD, professor emeritus of exercise science at Old Dominion University and author of the textbook Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport (McGraw Hill) once said:
“Human energy systems are governed by the same laws of physics that rule all energy transformations.
No substantial evidence is available to disprove the caloric theory.
It is still the physical basis for bodyweight control.”
There are a variety of diet programs and so-called weight loss gurus who claim that calories do not count.
They insist that if you eat certain foods or avoid certain foods, that is all you have to do to lose weight.
Dozens, maybe hundreds of such diets exist, with certain magic foods put up on a pedestal or certain evil fat-storing foods banished into the forbidden foods zone.
They also invoke the insulin or carbohydrate hypothesis which claims that carbs drive insulin which drives body fat.
That is like saying Carbs are the reason for the obesity crisis today, not excess calories.”
They are all wrong.
Of course, there is more to nutrition than calories in vs calories out.
Food quality and nutrition content matters for good health.
In addition, your food choices can affect your energy intake.
We could even point the finger at an excess of refined starches and grains, sugar and soft drinks as major contributing factors to the surplus calories that lead to obesity.
However, that brings us back to excess calories as the pivotal point in the chain of causation, not carbs.
A caloric deficit is a required condition for weight loss – even if you opt for the low carb approach – and that is where your focus should go – on the deficit.
Now here is that critical distinction.
You heard it said exercise more and eat less many times.
However, saying focus on the calorie deficit is NOT the same thing.
If you do not understand the difference, you could end up spinning your wheels for years.
You could exercise more.
But if you compensate by eating more, you cancel your deficit.
You could eat less, but if you compensate by moving less, again you cancel your deficit.
This type of compensation can happen unconsciously, which leads to confusion about why you are not losing weight or why you are gaining.
That often leads you to make excuses or blame the wrong thing.
Anything but the calories.
Therefore, focus on the calorie deficit more accurately states the most important key to weight loss than exercise more and eat less.
Make sure you understand this distinction and then follow this advice.
Last but not least, keep in mind that there are many ways to establish a deficit and many of those ways are really dumb.
Eating nothing but fruits and vegetables is the most flawed suggestion I ever heard.
The bottom line is that a calorie deficit is required for fat loss, but once your deficit is established, the composition of your hypo-caloric diet matters.
About the Author:
Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert, lifetime natural bodybuilder and author of Burn The Fat,
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