The 💯% factor in weight loss. If you are looking to lose weight, you need to change your eating habits.
You can increase your exercise, choosing how you would like to shape your body, but if you don’t eat to match that choice, it will not matter. You can build muscle and help the shape of your body while giving fat less place to live, but you still must eat correctly for that as well. You can do cardio and burn all the muscle off of your body, but your shape will change and you still need to eat in a manner that coincides with choice.
Your body is a machine. In normal use, it uses a specific amount of calories per day. Those numbers change with each body type of person but the average will lie around 1900 calories.
1 pound(fat or muscle) is 3500 calories. Think about that. If you want to gain wait, you must ingest 3500 calories more than you burn. If you want to lose wait, you must burn 3500 calories more than you ingest.
Normal bodily function, as well as slow, steady state exercise(aerobic), such as jogging, uses fat stores as energy. Anaerobic exercise, such as HiiT, circuit, crossfit, etc…, uses carbohydrate stores as energy, turning it into phosphocreatine for quick movements. Protein is not an efficient energy source and most proteins are broken down immediately into amino acids that feed the muscles and repair cells. Whey proteins are good for about 15 minutes and Casein is slowly broken down to feed the system over time.
Every gram of FAT is 9 calories and every gram of PROTEIN or CARBOHYDRATES are 4 calories. ALCOHOL is 7 calories. If you drink quite a bit, cutting alcohol from your daily habit will significantly reduce fat from your body.
The goal, if you are trying to lose weight, is to lose body fat, not muscle. Visceral(hard) fat in your body is what suffocates your organs and causes diseases to develop. It also is the hardest to get rid of and is what looks bad on your body. Your body needs fat to survive. If you do not put fat in your body, your body will search out the fat it can use. Good fats are good for you. Imagine that. Avocados, eggs, nuts, etc…. Are good fats.
Processed foods have many more chemicals than your body needs and it will have to find a way to now process these unnatural additives. Your body uses energy to digest foods so the more you eat, the more your body needs down time, but it also needs more time with exercise to make up for that extra intake. If you choose to eat more than 5x per day, eat very light every time and don’t snack.
DRINK YOUR WATER!!!!!!!!
Water takes part in every bodily function, including, but not limited to, digestion, muscle growth, sleep, physical health, etc….
As much as you want to count on exercise just to lose weight, nutrition is the absolute most important aspect of weight management. One meal could erase an entire day’s worth of exercise, while 1 exercise cannot negate a large or small unhealthy meal.