When it comes to fat loss, there is no one perfect program; no blanket approach that is going to work for everyone. There are a lot of different methods out there that will get you results.
And while many different fat loss programs work, the best ones all share common traits that make them stand above the rest. When creating or searching for a program, these are the traits you have to look for:
The Ten Commandments of Fat Loss
- Thou shall be in a caloric deficit. Anyone who says you can lose fat without being in a caloric deficit either doesn’t know any better or is trying to sell you something. YOU CANNOT LOSE FAT WITHOUT BEING IN A CALORIC DEFICIT. End of story. It doesn’t matter how clean you eat, or how hard you paleo, if you are not taking in fewer calories than you burn, you will not lose fat.
- Thou shall eat your protein and veggies. When it comes to fat loss, prioritizing the consumption of lean protein and high fiber veggies will go a long way towards helping you reach your goals. Both are highly satiating, so they will help keep you fuller and blunt hunger. This leads to less snacking, eating less at meals, and consuming fewer calories overall.
- Thou shall not fear fat. For years fat was vilified and made out to be the Darth Vader of our health. Thankfully, we know now that this is not true, and fat is actually essential for our bodies to function.
Fat is an essential player when it comes to hormone production, especially testosterone production. Fat is also responsible for regulating things like blood pressure, inflammation, vitamin absorption, and assists in brain function.