When it comes to weight loss, we have a natural tendency to think that fat is burned when we restrict calories. And why wouldn’t we believe that…after all, less is often more in most things right? In this post we are going to explore the science behind why we burn more fat the more we eat, and in the next post we will give you tips on some other proven tips to burn fat.
Instead of snacking mindlessly throughout the day or saving all your calories up for dinner, it’s best to eat in moderation throughout the day. By eating smaller meals every 2-3 hours, you will never be overly hungry and you will constantly be replenishing your body with vitamins while also keeping your fuel levels up.
Another downside of restricting calories is the valuable muscle mass that you will no doubt lose by starving yourself. When you lose lean body mass by way of starvation, it can cause more problems than it’s worth. Your lean body mass consists of bones, organs, and water, all necessary parts of the puzzle that make up your body’s ability to function properly. The density of your bones is reduced right along with the mass of your bones, which can ultimately make you more prone to injury. If you end up getting injured, you will definitely make your weight loss goals that much more challenging considering you will have a decreased range of motion and won’t be able to move with as much ease as before.
The key is to eat more of the nutrient-dense foods and less of the food that is packed with useless ingredients. You essentially need to eat more fat to burn more fat, because when you eat a low-fat diet, you are basically training your body to not burn fat. Like other things, if the body is not used to doing something, it will lose the traits needed to get the job done. In addition, your body’s ability to burn fat is enhanced and your metabolism is boosted thanks to the hormones that increase the rate at which your body breaks down food.
If you’re still not convinced, you might want to try out a little experiment. Eat two eggs for breakfast and record how you feel after. Are you satiated? How long did you feel this way? Now, on another day, try eating a bowl of cereal that is low in fat. In most cases, not long after you eat the cereal, you will be hungry for more, simply because cereal is not rich in nutrients and the good fats that turn your body into a fat-burning machine.
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