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Fat Loss Tips – #7
Okay, so I appreciate that my weakness is probably that I have too much of a broad, macro-level perspective on fat loss. I have almost become dismissive of the “little things” that add up to success over time.
These things are incredibly important, especially if you’re a relative beginner, or haven’t made progress in a while. Whilst long-term strategic planning is key, you also need day to day success as well.
Here’s today’s 3 top tips:
Now, as Paul says in this video, total calories and macronutrient consumption are the baseline fundamentals. Get these wrong and your entire diet goes to pot. No matter how “clean” you’re eating, if you’re not in a calorie deficit, you ain’t losing fat.
Likewise, insufficient consumption of any of the three macronutrients will cause problems. Yes, technically speaking carbs are not essential. Meaning you will in fact survive without them. BUT, like any dietary deficiency, it will cause you problems at some point in the future if you continue to consume insuffient carbs.
You need all three macronutrients.
But, assuming that you have your total calorie intake nailed and tailored to your specific fat loss goal, we can talk about food choices. This is where we start to see real variance from one individual to the next. Some foods are simply going to create problems for you and your digestive system that may not have been problematic for the next person.
Pay attention to these and adjust your diet accordingly. Paul also talks about food timing, which again is an interesting topic. Go and check out the video.
Eating before you go out of the house is very important. It means you’re much less likely to be tempted into buying crap in town, in the streets or at the canteen at work. It means you’re in control, rather than your hunger. Seeing and smelling nice, tempting food has less of an impact on you when you’re full. This is another reason why you should only ever do a food shop when you’re full. Otherwise you’re asking for:
- An expensive shop
- An expensive shop filled with garbage food that you don’t need
It falls again under the umbrella category of preparation, and I will keep harping on about this until people start actually doing it. No preparation = you being at the mercy of the external world. Not good. You must be in control at all times.
It’s similar to not having a morning routine, and instead going straight onto social media and/or checking your emails and getting distracted by unimportant things.
Now, whilst the article above makes some great points about prior planning and preparation (just scroll down a little), I DO NOT agree with the meal frequency tip it gives. Increasing your meal frequency is a good idea if you’re bulking and struggling to eat enough. Not if you’re dieting. If you’re dieting, you want to decrease your meal frequency and decrease your eating window.
Apart from that though, the article is good.
This also applies if you’re a busy guy who’s short for time, which I know most of you reading this are. LISS cardio tends to get boring eventually, especially if you’re doing it every day, even with great music etc.
Great music helps. As does having some really good TV shows etc. But its still gets boring, and it’s time consuming as hell. This is why I tend to recommend 3 HIIT sessions per week, for guys who are very busy. They’re not boring as you’re working WAY too hard to possibly be bored. And you can get on with the rest of your life much sooner.
You can do these on a bike or cross-trainer, it doesn’t have to be sprinting. Sprinting has a far higher chance of injury; especially if the surface isn’t ideal. So as long as your heart rate is nicely elevated, you’re good to go.
The article above is a bit full of shit with tip #6 – low carb diets always lead to a reduction in performance (at least in terms of strength). I don’t recommend low carb diets if you care about your muscle mass and strength, which most of you do. But the rest of the article is good.
There you go; 3 quick but incredibly useful fat loss tips for you. Try them and your fat loss results will improve – get to work.
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