Fat Loss Fundamentals

How many times have you ‘discovered’ a weight loss secret – the diet or meal plan that would be the one that would finally work! – only to hear some totally contradictory advice from some other ‘expert’ a short time later?
The truth is that there’s no ‘magic bullet’ – but there are some fundamental elements that every fat loss plan must follow for long term success.
Think of these elements as your ‘strategy’; this is the big picture stuff. The details – like your exact macronutrient breakdown or the body part split you use – don’t really matter that much at the end of the day.
Here are your ‘fat loss fundamentals’:

1. A Diet Change For The Long Run

Truly, diet must be the biggest focus of your plan – and it has to be a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. In other words, no grapefruit or cottage cheese diets are going to help you – you gotta change your eating habits and change them for good. That’s the first ticket to getting to your goals and a good, solid weight loss plan.

2. Get into a daily calorie deficit

Burn more calories than you take in, plain and simple. Any successful fat loss plan – whether it’s low carb, high fat, high protein, whatever – will have this in place. Move more, eat less, and you’ll be well on your way to your goals.

3. Regular Physical Activity

Technically, you don’t have to exercise to lose weight … but it will speed up the process a lot – and you simply can’t get the same change in body composition without resistance training. Research has shown over and over that resistance training in particular has a bigger impact on actually changing your body composition – losing inches, fitting into that summer bikini better – than does cardio. This being said, including cardio is important, too – a comprehensive ‘road map’ to your goals is really the ideal strategy.

Those three factors – getting to a daily calorie deficit, a focus on diet, and a solid and individualized exercise plan – are things you can’t get around if fat loss is your goal. Take this advice and take action – and good luck!

P.S. Are you having trouble reaching your fitness goals on your own? Call Forest Vance Training, Inc. today at (916) 273-9366 or contact us here to schedule your free intro session and find out more about our programs!

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