Fuelling for Fat Loss
This is an explanation of why this method is so effective at burning fat for fuel without sacrificing muscle, which keeps the metabolism running high.
Nutrition plays a key role in this equation, and there are three important factors of this, they are the food choices you eat, portion control, and meal timing. By simply controlling these three factors your body will start to establish a steady metabolism.
The next step is to watch how your body responds over the next week or two to see if you maintain the same weight, or begin to drop weight until you see it level out, which can all depend on how much fat weight you want to drop. This is known as your Baseline Metabolism – The amount of calories that your body requires to function and perform every day tasks without accumulating body fat. (I will be blogging the key equations soon to determine baseline metabolism) Too much food and you’ll start to store excess energy as fat.
Not enough food and your body will begin to break down muscle in order to access essential amino acids that other more important organs need to survive. Fat will not supply these; so fat stores will be largely bypassed in favor of muscle. In fact, with not enough calories, your body will see this reduction in food as starvation and your fat stores will be restricted as a fuel source.
So how much food do you need to get the balance right? Well first it’s important to understand that we all function slightly differently, and while unfortunately there is no one exact answer that fits everyone; there are a number of methods that prove themselves time and time again.
The method is simple and applies to both your training and nutrition plan, and sets a plan to you that takes into account the best food types, meal timing, exercise order, progression sets and cardio timing. The balance lies in giving the body just enough fuel without it wanting to store any extra as body fat, and engaging in exercise that will encourage the release of energy stored within fat cells.
Changing too many factors and creating either a noticeable drop in calories or overdoing it with the exercise, can send the body into a state of alert, making it almost impossible to burn the fat for fuel. You will actually get better results from small changes and being consistent with these as opposed to trying to do too much at once. This is where this plan really comes into effect; it provides you with a basis to follow and give you a structure to what you do.