I’m always reading different things on the internet about how to lose fat, and they’re forever contradicting anything you thought you knew. For those who aren’t too clued up but want to get lean, it must be pretty confusing! So I’ve compiled a list of how to eat in order to burn those unwelcome soft spots. Continue reading for our Top 3 Ways To Melt Fat Just Through Your Diet!
1. No sugar!
This one’s always had a question mark hovering over it for me. I’ve always cut out processed sugar, but what I really struggled with was cutting out the natural sugars. I’m not going to tell you to cut out fruit altogether, because the benefits they give you, in terms of vitamins and nutrients, far outweigh the negatives, but in terms of fat loss you’d be better swapping some of it out for fresh vegetables.
It’s the dried fruits, the honey used to sweeten those ‘healthy’ treats and the organic or cane sugars that get you. For example, a short squirt of the honey bottle fills a teaspoon and will give you 6g of sugar, but I can almost guarantee most people out there squirt away carelessly thinking “it’s healthy, what harm could happen?” and before you know it you’ve squirted 20g of sugar onto your morning porridge! Everything in moderation, of course, but if you’re working your a** off in the gym and that fat just doesn’t want to shift, try cutting these out and the difference will astound you – it’s just about knowing what’s in your food.
2. Lower your carbohydrate intake
It’s not all about ‘eating less and moving more’, you can achieve the fat loss you want without excessive amounts of cardiovascular exercise. Ideally you’re looking for 50g or less, that’s approximately a 75g uncooked serving of pasta or rice for those who aren’t too sure.
Whenever you consume carbohydrates and sugars your insulin level spikes, and for those who don’t know, insulin is a hormone in your body that absorbs glucose which in turn will lead to higher fat accumulation. So look at it this way: low carbs -> lower insulin levels -> loss of excess fat.
3. Higher fat intake
Fats will replace lost calories and energy you’d normally get from carbohydrates. Naturally, a low carb intake means you can eat more fats, as one always displaces the other. It sounds absurd doesn’t it, how can one expect to lose fat by eating it? Well, your now lowered insulin levels (achieved through the reduction in carbohydrates) has prepared you for them as your body is now ready to access fat stores for energy, while also allowing fat to enter and fuel your muscles.
Essentially I’m telling you to eat a low carb, high-fat diet to aid you in your fat loss. It’s hard at first, I’m speaking from personal experience, but I can honestly tell you, I have never felt or looked better. I didn’t alter a thing in my training schedule, so just combine it with whatever form of exercise takes your fancy and wait to feel the changes and start seeing them in the mirror! Tried this approach, or a similar ketogenic-type program, how did it go for you? Let us know in the comments below join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Check out our other fitness articles too, don’t quit in Keeping your Fit, ON!)