The 3 Things That Cause Fat Gain For Women
Most of the time when we are trying to lose weight we start with a few simple steps when it comes to our diet
#1 Eat Less
#2 Eat “better/healthier”
#3 Try the latest “tip” or “trend”
As there’s a lot of truth to this (at least the first two) and we need to take it in a step-by-step. If you try to throw all of them together at once you’re either going to see a quick weight loss then hit a wall, or quit out of frustration and hunger.
You see, these 3 steps just scratch the surface – let’s break it down:
#1 What’s wrong with JUST eating less
Quantity isn’t everything – but it’s definitely up there. Energy (the food we eat) doesn’t just disappear. If it’s not being put to a practical use for our body, we are actually programmed to store it as fat for survival if we have too much
Why is this a problem? We USUALLY do have too much!
What happens when we just “eat less” is that we will see the number on our scale go down. Sure that’s great an all, but what’s really happening?
- We’re losing fat, but some muscle with it
- We’re telling our body to produce more of the wrong kinds of hormones and less of the right hormones (leptin & ghrelin)
- Most of the time we are “blindly” starving ourselves, not strategically reducing our intake
So what’s the solution?
Determine your metabolic rate by having a trusted fitness expert test your body fat. This will give you the specific number of calories you need to maintain your current weight.
Subtract 300-500 away from your carb intake – anything past this will cause your body to work against you as opposed to for you.
A reduction is necessary – your body needs to realize that energy needs to come from somewhere. The best part is since we’re usually eating MORE than our body needs, creating a 300-500 deficit will safely help us lose a spike in weight, and maintain a steady pace!
#2 What’s wrong with just eating better/healthier?
What does this vague term really mean? Unfortunately we are swapping garbage for garbage i.e. hamburger for “healthy sandwich”, soda for juice, cakes for 100 calorie pack crackers….the list goes on.
These may seem healthy –but are they really, and how do we know? Most of these “healthy foods” are highly processed and have added garbage, making it a worse choice than the original.
The crazy thing is, it’s affecting our hormones when we eat garbage quality foods – specifically our blood sugar which drives us to feel good, bad, and worst of all starving!
So how do we know what foods are high quality?
First, decide how you would like to eat. Are you going to be more natural in your approach where you almost eat “paleo” – or are you going to include grains, maybe even build your diet higher in carbohydrates that include packaged foods?
Either way, the more natural you are in your food selection, the better off you’re going to be.
The things to look for in choosing your food selection are the macronutrient balance between fat, carbs & protein.
Second, you’ll want to look at the ingredients!
Things that you should avoid & eliminate from your food selection are:
3) High Fructose Corn Syrup
4) Hydrogenated Oils
5) Anything you can’t pronounce and don’t know what it is!
Eliminating the garbage from your diet and keeping it as healthy and natural as possible will balance all of the hormones that decide if you are going to make or break your diet habit changes!
#3 The Problem With Trying The Latest Diet Or Trend
This one should be understood right off the bat – there are some things that the media features and discovers which do carry some truth, but more often than not it’s to cover an article spot or catch on the latest “hot topic”.
Put your diet plan into action with these steps and set yourself up for success!
Dedicated to your health and fitness,