Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The BEST diet for fat loss is....

The one that works for you.

See there is research backing up the fat loss benefits of many different diets. But here are some key points that have been recommended:
  • Eat more protein
  • Eat more greens/vegetables
  • Eat more fruit
  • Take more fish oil 
  • Eat more frequently
  • Drink more water
  • Eat more natural foods
  • Eat more beans and nuts
So you see, diets don't have to be about eat less, eat less, eat less. And in fact if you "eat less" in order to keep your calorie deficit going, eventually your metabolism AND fat loss will stall. So instead of focusing on eating less, follow the points above and EAT MORE. 

More protein, more oils, more water, more beans and nuts, more salad. It's pretty easy. Don't over think it.

By the way, do you see the one thing that you SHOULDN'T be eating more of?

Now the biggest question of all that most people have is, how much should I eat? Well that is something very specific to you. Every body is a little different and will have different caloric needs. Basically you can simply follow this link


and type in your information. Now this isn't an exact number, but a pretty accurate estimate (if that isn't an oxymoron I don't know what is) of how many calories you use on a day to day. Then divide that number by 5 or 6 meals per day and this will give you the total calories you need per day to maintain your weight. 

If you really want some accuracy, you can use the weight of your lean body mass. To get this number multiply your body weight by (1-body fat %). Then plug that number in. For example. I am 203 pounds at 15% body fat. So this comes out to 203 x .85 = 172 lbs. Give it a shot and see what you get. 

Again if you're at all interested in really dialing in your nutrition, contact Diane Campbell, RD at diane@therealrd.com. She'd love to hear from you!

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