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The Primary Fat Loss Principle That Never Changes

  Nov 3rd, 2012

Never Changing Essential for Fat Loss SuccessA couple days ago I posted about the importance of timing carbohydrate consumption, specifically when it comes to losing unwanted body fat (you can read that posting here).


There are numerous advanced dietary techniques being used by people today: low fat diets, no carb diets, low carb diets, carb cycling diets, high protein diets, fruit only diets, and a number of other diets that utilize some ratio of macronutrients they claim to be the most effective for ridding the body of its fat reserves.


I’ve tried a number of different nutritional strategies over the years and I found that there is one principle that holds true, regardless of the diet you’re following.


Calorie Control

The rule I’m referring to is the fat loss 101 rule of controlling your calories. I fell for a couple of diets in the past that promised I could eat as much as I wanted as long as I didn’t eat carbs or as long as I made sure to eat nothing but natural foods.


Guess what? These diets didn’t help me lose fat, they helped me gain it!


Yes, cutting out carbs and/or eating natural foods can help accelerate the fat shedding process. But, if you’re eating an excess of calories on a daily basis, you won’t see any difference in your body fat levels week after week.


Actually, you will see a difference, but it won’t be the kind of difference you’re looking for.


Keep this in mind the next time you start a new diet plan. If it doesn’t incorporate some method of tracking your calories, you’ll want to take the steps necessary to monitor your daily caloric intake on your own.


That way, if your body fat isn’t decreasing, you’ll be able to take your calories down a notch and get your body fat percentage moving in the right direction.


Counting calories can be an inconvenience. But don’t worry. You won’t have to actively count calories forever.


After a couple of months you’ll be able to get a feel for how much you can eat, and what types of foods you should be eating, to keep cutting fat or to maintain your physique.


What About Advanced Diet Techniques?

Advanced nutritional strategies can give you the ability to eat a slightly greater amount of calories and still lose fat, but the difference isn’t much.


Please don’t get me confused. Advanced nutritional strategies, like the one I prescribe in Ripped Out, can make a huge difference in the speed with which you lose fat.


But, the Ripped Out nutrition plan also maintains an emphasis on maintaining a caloric deficit as well.


My point is simply this: it doesn’t matter how you time your carbs, what macronutrients you’re eating, how often you eat, or any other technique you can think of. If you’re not keeping your calories in check, you aren’t going to lose fat. Period.


No matter how advanced our nutritional knowledge becomes, the primary fat loss principle of calories in versus calories out will always hold true for those of us who’re looking to lean out our physiques or maintain the lean and ripped bodies we’ve built for ourselves.


Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying to you, after your money, or both.



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