There is so much conflicting information when it comes to what method is best for fat loss which understandably causes a lot of confusion.
To lose fat there is just one requirement and that is to be in a calorie deficit (eating less calories than you are expending). The nutritional approach you choose to follow in order to achieve a calorie deficit is up to you.
A calorie is simply a way of measuring energy and is defined as: The amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius at the pressure of one atmosphere.
All food contains energy and the calorie content is simply a way of measuring how much energy there is in food.
A deficit can be created by either increasing energy expenditure (Calories out) consisting of planned exercise & Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT). Examples of NEAT would be active labouring work, playing with the kids, grocery shopping or gardening.
A deficit can also be created by decreasing energy intake from the diet (Calories in). It is difficult to change your body composition by just focusing on either energy intake or energy expenditure alone.
You can’t out exercise a bad diet, which is why at Form Fitness we recommend creating a caloric deficit by both reducing your intake and increasing your everyday activity levels.
In summary, there is no specific food group you need to eliminate or a special diet you need to follow. To alter your body composition or lose body fat you just need to find a sustainable way to create a calorie deficit.
Everyone is different, the most important thing is finding what works best for you. If you need some help with your health and fitness goals, contact us.