Losing Weight Requires More Than Just Reducing Fat From Your Diet
When trying to lose weight, it can often be difficult to choose the appropriate weight loss program for you. Even more confusing is the contrasting theories about what should and should not be included in a diet plan. Some diets suggest eliminating fat, while others suggest eliminating carbohydrates. Others still suggest eliminating animal proteins and non-starchy vegetables. Does cutting back on fat really help in losing weight, or is there more to it than that?
Does the Amount of Fat in a Diet Plan Really Matter at All?
Some studies have suggested that the fat in a person’s diet program doesn’t matter very much. The amount of unhealthy fats in a diet is more conducive to chronic health conditions and diseases, such as heart disease. But it’s actually the amount of calories that you eat in a day that have more of an effect on your weight loss efforts than the amount of fat you consume daily.
Actually fat really needs to be classified into good and bad fats. Saturated and trans fats are considered bad fats, and should be either consumed in minimal amounts, or eliminated altogether. Mono-unsaturated fats, on the other hand, are actually essential for proper health and wellness. Healthy fats have many benefits for bodily functions, but should not be consumed in large amounts. Healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, seeds and fat from fish are quite healthy, and don’t have to be cut out of a diet simply because they are a kind of ‘fat’.
Cutting the Fat, But Not the Calories, Won’t Help Much With Weight Loss
Studies have been done showing that those who simply cut the fat in their diets, but don’t necessarily cut back on calories and remain sedentary don’t make much head-way in their weight loss efforts. Maintaining the same caloric intake – whether the fat is cut out or not – will usually not result in any weight loss at all.
Balance is the Key
It’s important not to fall into the trap of fad diets that dictate the elimination of certain particular foods, like carbs or fats. Completely eliminating or drastically reducing a certain food group can have negative side effects and will not lead to optimal health. Eliminating certain food groups can deprive the body of essential vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for optimal bodily functions. Regardless of whether you cut the fat, you would essentially have to reduce your caloric intake and increase your activity level at the same time in order to see any weight loss results.
The equation for weight loss is simple: burn less calories than you consume. To achieve this in a timely manner, ideally you have to cut at least 500 calories per day from your diet, and increase your activity level so that you are working out at least 3 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes per session. Combining both cardio and strength training in your workouts will help strengthen your heart as well as your muscles.
Cutting fat is not necessarily the answer to losing weight. You need to balance all food groups in proper proportions, reduce calories, and increase activity levels in order to effectively lose weight and keep it off.