I started working with the members of Revolution Fitness over the past month, and I have the great opportunity to run plenty of in-house Q&A sessions. One question really stood out to me, and it’s one I’ve heard over and over again.
‘What should I eat to lose weight? If I’m looking for Fat Loss, it feels counterintuitive to be eating all the time’
First point to hit on there, and this goes for everyone, even the people who aren’t trying to lose weight; there are never any specific foods that you have to eat on any diet, ever! We do need specific nutrients, but there’s 100s of ways we can consume those nutrients. Let’s say you need to get more Carbohydrate in to your diet, but you don’t enjoy oats, no problem! Eat some wholegrain multi-seed bread instead (not all bread is evil, it just depends what’s in it, or in most cases what’s not in it)
Second point; food is so often made out to be the enemy in managing weight, or trying to look leaner; this is absolute bullshit. Food may have led to many of the problems that we’re trying to deal with, but it’s also the solution that we need to fix it. That’s exactly what makes it so difficult! One of the best ways to aid long-term weight loss isn’t to avoid food altogether, but rather make better choices. Calories In Vs Calories Out are the primary thing to consider in weight balance, and we can still eat a whooooole lot of food while achieving a calorie deficit.
Let’s say you’re having sweet potato as one of your primary carbohydrate sources, the initial reaction could be to get rid of it altogether to reduce calories, and this isn’t exactly wrong. But we could make a better choice
Instead, let’s swap it out for a different food source like Butternut Squash. This little change means we get to eat ever more food (with a similar texture), while still consuming less than half the amount of calories.
(This is one of the slides from the most recent RevFit Q&A!)
The main thing to consider when it comes to your goals is, what nutrients are you getting from your diet? It isn’t necessarily about eating more, or eating less, but rather making better decisions and knowing when less/more actually works.
I cover plenty of tricks & nutritional information like this on my Nutrition 101 for Weight Loss course on Udemy. Check it out here