In the quest for fat reduction through nutrition manipulation, a basic principle commonly overlooked is the need to achieve a net calorie reduction.
What this means in its most simplistic term is you need to consume fewer calories through food and beverage than you expend through metabolism, movement and digestion.
How you achieve this is irrelevant. Whether you choose to adopt a 5:2 diet, Paleo Diet, Atkins diet, Intermittent Fasting, Vegetarian, Keto diet or Feb Fast it does not matter. The goal for fat reduction through nutrition manipulation should centre around achieving a calorie deficit.
A few things worth noting…
– Success in adopting one of the above diets generally occurs because we are restricting one or more of the major macronutrients that greatly contribute to calorie intake (Carbs, Fats, Protein or Alcohol).
– Dieting consistency always beats dieting intensity over time so learn some good and achievable habits and stick to them.
– Weight change is a poor indicator of fat change.
– Be patient. Fat loss is not linear. At times there may be some plateaus and stagnation before the real change kicks in.
– You don’t have to count calories to ensure a calorie deficit but it does help to ensure accountability.
– You can lose fat and be healthy and content at the same time though do expect to feel some discomfort as you create your new thermostat norm in body composition.
– It is still possible to gain fat whilst on one of these diets!!