It is a huge misconception that fat causes fat. It is another huge misconception that going to the gym is somehow equal to weight loss. And further, it is not true that losing weight is equal in ANY way to health…at least for the most part.
Weight loss is 99.999% what you eat. You CAN go to the gym for hours a day and lose weight but you are basically forcing the weight off. Your body does not want to let go of that fat when you try to force it out with exercise.
But something magical happens when you start eating right, and the weight melts off. Have you ever heard people say that…that the weight “melted off”?
When you get garbage food out of your life and replace it with awesome food you will know what this means. But what is eating right? What is healthy food?
Avoid sugar – If you want better health and weight you will want to go to your cupboards and fridge right now and start reading labels. Forget calories and fat and everything else except SUGAR.
If you see sugar, throw it away. And don’t just look at the ice cream, look at ALL of your food. You will be blown away by the foods that not only have added sugar, but have a LOT of it.
So say goodbye to weight loss “secrets,” “tricks,” “hacks, ” and other quackery. You’re about to meet the real science and physiology of weight loss and trust me–you’re going to fall in love.
The most common reason people lose fat and not weight is fluid retention.
This is particularly true for women, who are hormonally inclined to retain fluids and who also have to deal with large fluctuations due to menstrual cycles.
What happens is very simple: you lose a pound of fat in a week but you “pick up” an additional pound of water along the way. Obviously it’s not always 1:1 so, when it comes time to weigh in, it can look like you only lost a negligible amount of fat that week or even gained some.
If you want to see how much water retention can affect your weight, double your sodium intake for a few days and watch the scale. You can easily gain 1 to 2 pounds per day for several days.
You are eating too much
Seriously. That’s the climax. The big reveal. The way out of the haunted house.
Okay…flashback time. Now I get to explain how we got there.
The first stop on our journey is the most important, so listen up. It’s the scientific principle of energy balance, and it alone controls weight gain and loss.
Energy balance is the relationship between the energy you give your body (via food) and the energy it expends (via processes required for life and physical activity), often measured in kilocalories.
If you’re struggling to lose weight, I have good news for you: you’re probably just eating too damn much.
Here’s how it usually plays out.
“Cheating” on your diet has nothing to do with eating “bad” foods–it’s erasing your calorie deficit by overeating, whether with cauliflower or candy (although the latter is much easier to overeat, of course).
Accurately measuring calorie intake is pretty simple. It just requires precision and attention to detail. Approximating calorie expenditure is trickier, however. Much trickier.