We don't need more "less".

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Last week, I asked various social media platforms for fitness and nutrition questions. I have been working to put out a few articles and videos. The vast majority of these questions were about weight loss and body composition, so I figured it would be appropriate to start by explaining why a common myth is, in fact, a myth.

Myth: Eat less, lose fat. 

“Less calories” is not always the answer to your fat loss. So often I meet with people who are frustrated with their tasteless diet and their body composition. After determining that we are working from a strong mindset, we can take a further look into the type of calories and number of total calories.

Our muscles are burning fat in our body. The more muscle mass we have, the more fat we will burn at rest. Burning fat at rest sounds awesome, right? Let's do that! Well, muscles are expensive. They require a LOT of work to gain.  Anyone who has trained with me can attest to the swings, squats, walking lunges, military presses, push ups…. You guys are working hard!  In order to grow and maintain, those muscles need calories! Muscles need protein, carbohydrates and fats in order to do their work! And guess what?! They’re working hard after you do in the gym- they are burning your fat when you’re resting and recovering!

If we are depriving our bodies of nutrients, our muscles are not going to grow! Without enough nutrients, you may be putting your body into a state of panic! When you do eat, your body would rather store those calories as fat, in case of emergency (i.e. starvation). If I don’t know when my next paycheck is coming in, I need to be incredibly careful with my money: savings, necessities only. Your body has the same mindset. If you’re in the habit of deprivation, your body will begin to store and save what it can.

So, what is the answer? Eating an appropriate amount for the work that you are doing. Lift with good form, lift heavy, lift often. Eat well, eat often.

Of course, this is the VERY beginning of understanding fat loss. Nutrition breakdown (type of calories) is specific to each individual person, and I’d be happy to discuss your nutrition and nutritional mindset with you to answer those specifics!

Send me an email and let me know if this post helped clear up any confusion you had!

- C