There is more to weight loss than calories in vs calories out.
Many people focus too much on how many calories are in a certain food rather than how much goodness is in that food.
So would you say that 500 calories of ice cream would affect your body the same as 500g of broccoli?
By that logic it doesn’t matter what we eat as long as we stick to the daily allowances.
I never have and I don’t think I ever will be someone who obsesses with how many calories, I am far more concerned with quality of ingredients and how much goodness you can get out of certain foods.
Different foods and different types of foods affect our body differently:
- Fats – Fats definitely aren’t the same, there are good fats and there are bad fats. Some help us to build muscle and aid brain function whereas other fats can actually make us fat and unhealthy.
- Carbs – Some carbs can give us a sugar rush and then crash within the hour where some other carbs will give us a slow burn of energy that keeps us going (High glycemic index vs low gylcemic index foods).
People who are just interested in losing weight and making the scales look better are those that focus on calories.
PS I’m not knocking these people, they are doing great to make a change but maybe they have been misguided into focusing too much on calories.
The people who would like to lose body fat and build lean muscle (the healthy way) should be more concerned with the types of foods you are putting in your body.
The calorie equation obviously works but I’m just saying that it’s a bit more complicated than energy in vs energy out.
Anyway back to my orginial point and why you are probably reading the article, 3 Simple Fat Loss Tips .
Here they are:
1. Don’t Go Food Shopping Hungry
After a few years working in a supermarket I have seen this first hand many times. All of the tempting sweets, cakes and chocolate on display being put in the trolley when the person had no original intention of buying things like that. I think with a good meal behind them and feeling full and satisfied these treats and extra junk will be a lot easier to resist.
Use a list and stick to it.
2. Don’t Keep Snack Foods At Home
If you complain that you do well but struggle to crave your snacking (which a lot of people do), then don’t buy the snack foods. It’s a lot easier to give in to a tub of ice cream when it’s in your freezer rather than a drive away at the local supermarket.
Don’t buy snacks for the house or don’t buy as much can at least get you in control of your eating more when you’re at home. Then maybe you could buy healthy snacks and take them to work/keep them in your bag/car for when you are out and about.
By limiting your snacking you’ll be amazed at what that will do for your fat loss results.
I understand that most people don’t live alone and aren’t entirely in charge of what they eat but it’s up to you to be sensible and how well you do will depend on how much you want it and how much you are willing to commit to improving your health.
3. Learn About Your Body
We are all human, we all have weaknesses and weak moments where we give into temptation.
Certain things can set us off, I know I’m most likely to eat bad foods when I’m bored! So I try to keep myself as occupied as I can when I’m home alone.
Find out what emotional things trigger you off to make you more likely to eat junk food and work out a strategy to counteract it.
These little emotional cues say on the weekend can sabotage all of the hard work you have put in in the week so learn how to stop them.
So there were my 3 simple fat loss tips which you can use straight away.
They may not sound like much but I guarantee they will get you mentally stronger and help you to lose a few pounds.