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Fat loss. Fact vs Fiction

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Fat loss is not only a very hot topic but also a very misunderstood topic. There is so much misinformation out there and it seems a shame someone would decide to lose weight, put in the effort to lose weight but end up with more fat than when they started with simply because they got the wrong information.

So here we are going to run through some vital fat loss facts to ensure that you don't make the same mistake thousands of others have.

You can’t out train a bad diet - Eating badly can’t be undone at the gym. In the same way that training hard at the gym doesn't mean that you can then come home and eat a load of rubbish. There are many pieces to the ‘fat loss jigsaw puzzle’ and diet is a big one so don't ignore it.

Simply counting calories won’t work - There is a small part of counting/watching calories that can aid weight loss but if you think staying under a calorie goal and only eating rubbish like chocolate, crisps and bread will not end in disaster then you need to rethink your plan.

Long term fat loss requires health - On your journey to lose weight and look better you really need to think about getting healthy also. It goes hand in hand with losing weight. If you stay unhealthy or even make yourself unhealthy on your fat loss journey you will end up putting more weight back on again or just getting sick.

Eating fat won't make you fat - You do need fat in your diet and if you eat the correct sources such as coconut oil, red meat, butter, olive oil, avocados, eggs etc. then you will end up healthier and leaner and not fatter. Eating fat will not make you fat, eating too many carbs will.

Reduce your carbohydrate intake - If you really want to know why someone is fatter than they should be then 9 times out of 10 it’s because they eat too many carbohydrates or at least have done in the past. The wrong types of carbohydrates such as sugar and wheat will make things worse but generally just monitoring and restricting carbohydrates is needed for long term fat loss.

Resistance exercise rather than cardio - Fat loss isn’t about burning calories on a treadmill. Your body is probably already stressed out and adding in more stress through cardio will only make things worse and contribute to your metabolism dropping further. You need to get stronger and boost your metabolism if you want long term fat loss. Yes add in some circuits or interval training to increase fitness but make sure you’re trying to get stronger.

These are some of the most important rules/facts that you need to begin following if you want to lose weight/fat and keep it off. If you do all of this and still struggle with losing fat then perhaps you have some internal dysfunction that needs to be uncovered and corrected. This can be achieved through lab tests looking at hormone levels, parasite infections, gut and digestive function etc. This is why Functional Diagnostic Nutrition is so effective and why Taunton Health uses it on a regular basis.

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