Loosing weight is a tough and often demoralising game we all play at some point in our lives. In many cases when we do try and loose weight we end up putting more on!
It is important you understand that nutrition is the key. If you are not eatting correctly i.e. consuming too many sugary or saturated fat products you are likely to put weight/ fat on. In the same instance though, if you start to drastically cut calories, yes you will have an intial loss in weight! but then it will come to a stand still. At this point your body will begin to shut down, and go into survival mode. In survival mode fat WILL be stored, so you will go from skinny with no muscle to skubby (skinny chubby). Then you are in the predicament of having to get out of this survival mode which does mean having to consume more than 1000-1500 calories you have been on, and you WILL put all of the weight AND more back on! However, calories is a matter I will discuss in another blog post.
The matter I want to address is when people start a weight/fat loss plan and they think they need to cut out fat. Granted if you have done your reading and research you will know that fat contains 9 calories per gram and you are on a weight/ fat loss kick the automatic response is EAT NO FAT GAIN NO FAT. However, this is WRONG, a moderate amount of healthy fatty acids which will help keep your hormonal production where it needs to be. Therefore, assisting in weight/fat loss by nulling cravings thanks to the production of leptin. Furthermore, with the consumption of unsaturated fats will reduce inflamation and help maintain a healthy immune system preventing such diseases like cardiovascular disease.
So, if you are looking to loose weight/fat do not cut out fat all together. Be mindful of what fat you do consume. Be sure to consume more unsaturated fats rather than saturated fats. Try to add nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil and so on into your diet.
Picture 1.Coconut/Oil/Milk a great source of essential fats.