Want to lose weight? Many times you should do the complete opposite of the status quo to get results. Here are 8 weight loss tips that defy common sense.
Eat More to Lose More
Aren’t you supposed to eat less to lose weight? Technically, yes, but that all depends on how much you’re eating in the first place. Many people get too aggressive with cutting calories and end up causing themselves more harm than good.
You should aim to eat as many calories as possible that still enables you to lose weight. Eating too few results in down-regulation of important fat-burning hormones and a slowed metabolism. What typically happens is quick weight loss, followed by stagnation, followed by frustration and giving up. Eat more food and you’ll see slower but more sustainable weight loss.
Working Out For Less Time Burns More Fat
That’s right. You don’t need to exercise for an hour at a time to get in a good fat-burning workout. You can actually get better results with shorter but more intense workouts.
Studies have shown that high-intensity interval training burns more total fat than endurance training even when you burn less overall calories . Focus more on the quality of your workouts than the quantity.
You Can Lose Weight Eating Anything You Want
You might think I’m crazy, but these stories are in the news all the time. How about the nutrition professor who lost 27 pounds in two months eating nothing but Twinkies, Nutty Bars, Doritos, and Oreos? Or the recent news of the teacher who lost 37 pounds on the all McDonald’s diet.
This is not an endorsement to eat a bunch of garbage food. You should never try to lose weight at the expense of your health. However, it just goes to show you that you can include your favorite foods in your diet and still reach your goals. Count your calories and enjoy all foods in moderation.
Weight Loss is the Effect, Not the Cause of a Healthy Lifestyle
This is a slight case of the chicken and the egg. Most people assume that once they lose weight they’ll be healthy. They actually have this backwards. First comes getting healthy, and then weight loss is a side effect of that lifestyle.
For this reason, you should be focusing on action goals that get you healthy. Goals like getting more active or drinking more water will build on each other and eventually have a weight loss effect.
Weight Loss Shouldn’t Be the Focus of Your Weight Loss Program
That’s kind of an odd thing to say, right? If not weight loss, then what should be the focus? Well, there are many things – fat loss, body image, and healthy habits are just a few.
When it comes to body transformations, weight means very little in the end – body composition is what matters most. Losing 50lbs of fat is much more impressive than losing 25lbs of fat and 25lbs of muscle. The goal of your weight loss program should be to lose as much fat as possible while also maintaining as much muscle as possible too.
Gaining Weight When First Starting Exercise is Expected
Time and time again people start an exercise program and start eating healthy only to see their weight actually go up. Once they rationalize that all their hard work is for nothing, they give up and revert back to their old lifestyle – left to attempt weight loss again sometime in the future.
Here’s the thing – weight gain at the beginning of a fitness program is to be expected. The first 2-4 weeks of a weight loss program is a time when your body is making many adaptations. Fuel storage capacity is being expanded to accommodate more activity, and this brings along extra water weight that can mask fat loss. Don’t stress, weight is not fat. Be patient and the scale will start ticking down.
You Must Fail at Weight Loss to Succeed
If you look at all the successful people in the world you will notice one very common thing – they all failed numerous times on their way to success. The same goes for the people who made body transformations too.
No one goes from point A to point B in a straight line. The weight loss road is paved with uncertainty, plateaus, and moments that test your fortitude. Treat failures as opportunities for personal growth, don’t give up, and watch your life transform before your very eyes.
Don’t Diet If You Want to Lose Weight
Following diets is a one way ticket to a yo-yo dieting lifestyle. OK, not everyone fails at following diets, but only 20% of people who attempt to lose weight actually succeed, and only a small portion of that number do so by following a diet .
Most of the people you read about in body transformation stories lose weight and keep it off by changing their lifestyle. That means slowly and methodically creating new healthy habits over a period of time. It’s these habits that form the basis for a healthy lifestyle and lean body composition.
As you can see, not everything about weight loss is common sense. Some aspects of fitness defy logic, but if you can begin to think of weight loss as a cause/effect dynamic, everything starts to make a lot more sense.
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