Some fat-loss diets work, and some don’t. Learn how to tell the difference with these five characteristics.
If you Google “fat loss diets,” you’ll come up with thousands of options. Unless you’re already knowledgeable about health and nutrition, and how they relate to fat loss, you can spend months or even years trying diets that do you no good, leaving you with the same fat issues you had to begin with. If you want to find a diet that will work, look for one with these five characteristics:
1. It offers sufficient amounts of fat.
It may seem counterproductive to consume fat if you are looking to lose fat, but cutting all fat out of your diet is an antiquated idea. The amount of fat you consume is not the biggest determination of whether or not you’ll lose fat – truthfully, if you’re consuming no fat at all, you won’t stick with the diet, because you’ll feel unsatisfied. Your body requires healthy fats in order to use the nutrients in your food as well, so you need to have some fat in your diet.
2. It has sufficient calories.
Like fats, your body needs calories to lose fat efficiently. Cutting calories can help you lose weight, but doing it too drastically will actually counteract what you’re trying to do by putting your body in starvation mode. This will actually cause your body to slow down your metabolism and hang on to fat, so you won’t have the energy for workouts. You’ll also feel hungry and end up jumping off the diet bandwagon.
3. It stabilizes your blood sugar.
If your diet causes excess insulin in your blood stream, your fat loss efforts will be wasted. Those blood sugar spikes and crashes will send you searching for the chips faster than anything you can imagine. A fat-loss diet needs to focus on the right balance of protein, fat and fiber to help keep insulin levels in check. It also needs to offer multiple meals a day made up of low-glycemic foods.
4. It provides sufficient macros.
Macronutrients, which are protein, carbohydrates and fats, are necessary for the body to function well. You need the right balance of macros for your body. The challenge is that each person doesn’t need the same ratio. If you do well on a 40/40/20 diet, then great, but someone else might do better on a 60/30/10. Regardless, make sure the diet has all three of the macronutrients, so you can maintain your health while fighting fat.
5. It works with you, not against you.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you need a diet that works with your lifestyle. If you have limited income, you can’t go on a diet that requires you to buy exotic, expensive produce. If you don’t have time to cook, you can’t use a diet that requires extensive time in the kitchen. Remember, there are many different types of fat loss diets out there, and many of them can work well even though they’re based on different principles. Choose a diet that works with your current lifestyle, and you’ll find it’s easier to stick with it as you work for the results you want.
Which one are you going to work on? Leave your answer in the comments section below.
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