Decoding the Fat Loss Equation
You have put hour upon hour into your weight-loss endeavor. You have cut calories and fat, and even carbs. You exercised with weights and did cardio. You experimented with every diet supplement that has hit the market. Sure, you may have lost a few pounds, but did you really transform your body? Did you lose body fat? Did you create symmetry and curves or did you just end up a smaller version of being fat?
Roughly 75% of Americans are overweight and this figure is rising year after year. Of course, this may not be news to you. What's ironic is that Americans are doing more to battle the bulge now than ever before. More Americans are eating low fat, low carbs, cutting calories, buying “diet” foods, taking diet pills, exercising, and so on now then they ever have in history. So what's the problem? How come we put in 110% effort and gain nothing but despair for our hard work?
The answer is you have been lied to. You have been taught that you must restrict certain foods and that you must exercise until you are blue in the face to produce any results. I'm sure you may have even tried the mainstream approach to fat loss, with nothing avail except a loss of energy and drive.
If food restriction and endless exercise was the answer to fat loss, we wouldn't have a weight problem in this country because we follow the orders of doctors and “experts” and receive zero results. How disheartening..
What the “Experts” are saying
So, what is the secret to true fat loss? There are experts out there that state that burning more calories than you consume will result in weight loss. Sure, perhaps some weight loss will occur, but they fail to tell you that it's muscle, bone, and water loss and you are left with nothing but body fat. When you lose muscle, you lower your metabolism and completely wreck it.
Another group of certified experts claim that you have to reduce total fat intake. We have seen what happened with the fat-free era. People gained weight and heart disease went on the rise. Essential fat is a necessary macronutrient that your body needs. Why on earth would you cut it out of your diet? Eating essential fat is just as important for health and fat loss as breathing is.
Understand when I speak of essential fat, that it's the natural fat from natural sources such as fresh protein, nuts, seeds, etc. The fat you should avoid is trans fat, which is a processed, man-made fat. Trans fat is the fat that causes fat gain and heart disease.
And here comes yet another group of experts suggesting that you have to reduce carbs to ignite weight loss. Carbs contain nutrients that your body needs as well. When you cut your carbs, you cut your nutrients and fuel supply. Sure, you can lose a lot of water weight, but you also run the risk of muscle loss, hence destroying your metabolism.
You can eat carbs and lose fat, but you have to choose quality carbs, those from Mother Nature that are not processed. Combine them with a protein to blunt the insulin spike and slowly wean them down as the weeks pass.
You must realize that when you restrict nutrients over a period of time, the body will literally feed off it's self to survive, and it won't be using fat as fuel, it will use precious muscle tissue and even organs if it has to.
Decoding the Equation
So, what is the key to healthy fat loss? It's simple. Ensure your pH is balanced, take a quality vitamin and mineral supplement, and feed the body what it needs and manipulate the calories and macros to trick the body into burning fat and not muscle.
Your pH (potential for hydrogen) is the measurement used to determine whether something is acidic or alkaline. This is based on a scale from 0 – 14. Zero to 6.8 is acidic and 7.4 and above is alkaline. The range of 6.8 to 7.4 is neutral. Your pH should be 7.4, which is slightly alkaline.
If your pH becomes altered in any way, it makes fat loss difficult because toxins are stored in fat cells and cannot be released in an acidic environment. The only way to allow the cells to release the fat to burn is to balance your pH.
Vitamins and Minerals
Our food supply is depleted of nutrients due to the depleted soil. We have abused how food is produce, forcing it to grow unnaturally and putting chemicals on it so deadly that even pests won't touch it. Since our “natural” food supply is lacking the essentials, it's necessary to supplement with a quality vitamin/mineral supplement to put in our body what our food lacks. If you are not receiving adequate vitamins and minerals, your health will suffer, fat loss will be difficult, and you could possibly lose muscle mass which is required for a healthy and working metabolism.
Feed the Body
The first and biggest mistake most people do when venturing on a fat loss move is cutting calories, fat, AND carbs. This will send the body into shock and enact the starvation defense. This recipe will ensure muscle, bone, and water loss and you will retain and even gain fat weight.
To lose fat, you have to feed the body. This may contradict what seems logical, but every time you put quality food into your system, such as fresh organic chicken, turkey, eggs, potatoes, nuts and seeds, your body uses those elements to feed the cells. If you fail to feed the body, it will react by holding on to body fat and burn muscle as fuel.
Not only do you have to feed the body, but you have to feed it according to your lean body mass and activity level. Begin with a set number of calories, protein, carbs, and fat. Keep your calories consistent for a week or two to create a baseline.
Begin with a healthy supply of carbs, moderate to high. This will leave you room to slowly reduce when the time comes. If you don't have them to begin with, how do you lower them? You have to have a starting point. Each week slowly lower your carbs and keep your calories steady. When you see that lowering the carbs has hit a stalling point, you know it's time to reduce the calories some.
The trick is to always have a back up method. Never carry all your eggs in one basket. The most successful dieters are bodybuilders because they always have something to fall back on when a plateau hits. 1 Think in terms of manipulation, not deprivation.
Reducing body fat and transforming your body is not a one shot process. You have to tackle it from all angles and always be a step ahead of your body. When it catches on to what you are doing, it's time to make a change. The change doesn't have to be a 180, something very slight may be all that's necessary.
Keep the basics in mind, don't overdo anything, and stay focused on your goal. What your mind believes, your body can achieve.
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