To achieve fat loss naturally you need to know a few things about how to diet properly to avoid those dieting errors. Fat loss is a long and slow journey, but it can be made easier if you know these simple facts. These are all from my own experience which is why I want to share them with you, whether you are just starting a new diet or have been dieting for years, I hope you will find something new here.
Your diet does not need "Diet" or "Fat Free" foods
Firstly, and you have probably heard a lot about this in the media, is that all the foods with fancy packaging showing that it is "fat free", "sugar free" or "diet" should be avoided like the plague. The reason for this is because there is a massive chance that those foods have been modified in some way which is even worse than having a bit of sugar or fat. God only knows what goes into making artificial sweeteners, there have even been reports that some of the ingredients are poisonous to our bodies! Aspartame is a common chemical sweetener with possible side effects such as hallucinations, seizures and even brain tumours, it's just not worth it for the sake of a little fat loss. With that said, it's also a good idea to stay away from processed foods, instead go for natural whole foods like meat, veg and fruit. At least the sugars in fruit are naturally occurring and our bodies know what to do with it.
You still need some calories
The next thing that is often mistaken when dieting is to cut out too many calories, this can have a detrimental affect on your diet especially if your metabolism is used to having regular calories. Apparently our bodies have a survival mechanism that kicks in if our calorie intake drops dramatically, which causes our bodies to store more calories as fat in case it needs it later, and starts to break down muscle as a source of energy - this is called catabolism. The best way to avoid this is to eat little and often, this is exactly what I do and I can say it does aid fat loss!
A fat loss diet is for life...
When I heard about dieting I thought it was something that you do for a short period to lose some weight and then go back to normal again. We all see the latest fad diets that celebrities like to promote (because they get paid to no doubt) but the truth is, dieting is for life. A diet is not a brief change to your normal eating, it's the foods you eat regularly so don't think "I'm going on a diet" because that makes no sense - instead tell yourself you are changing your diet.
I love food. I think most of us do, so we need a mental break every now and again but we mustn't do it every weekend. I used to think every Friday evening after work was my two days off dieting, I also used to wonder why my progress at the gym had stopped and fat loss became fat gain. By all means have a cheat meal once or twice a week but avoid having a cheat DAY twice a week. You don't want to become obsessive about your diet, remember your body still needs some fats and sugars even when starting a fat loss diet.