The fact that you are searching for “lose fat” rather than just “lose weight” indicates that maybe you understand the difference between the two.
A lot of people don’t realize that fat loss and weight loss can be two very different things and that unless you are looking to lose both; you need to approach things in different fashions.
Briefly, weight loss can involve losing fat as well as losing muscle – that’s not always – and usually is not – a desirable thing. Fat loss programs seek to metabolize fat while maintaining lean muscle mass and that requires a different approach than just a blanket weight loss program.
Another thing that a lot of people seem to believe is that in order to lose fat; you shouldn’t consume any fat. That sounds logical but it is very wrong – avoiding fat in order to lose fat is like avoiding food in order to lose weight. You’ll lose weight right up until the day you die from malnutrition. I blame part of that misconception on the “no fat – fat free” craze that started in the 90’s; along about the time that fat free foods became somewhat edible. Again, it sounds logical; but it is very, very wrong.
The fact is that just like there are “good carbs” and “bad carbs”; there are good fats and there are bad fats in terms of what they do to your health and to your waist line.
Limit the “bad fats” but you need the good fats – those will help you stay healthy and they will help you burn stored fat. Fats derived from nuts, most cold water fish and some dairy products are good for you – they are necessary for health – and they will help you lose fat.
In order to lose fat and preserve lean muscle you’ll want to eat a balanced diet rich in good fats, carbohydrates and especially protein. Protein is the building block of lean muscle and if you don’t get enough of it you will surely metabolize muscle; and you don’t want to do that.
Fat is not your enemy when it comes to trying to lose fat – the body seeks to maintain; not to lose. By depriving your body of fat it will try to preserve the stored fat that you already have and that will make your effort to lose fat almost impossible.
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