Caloric intake Usage of caloric intake
There are two basic camps out there when it comes to how we treat calories.
One that believes, “A calorie is a calorie is a calorie,” meaning all calories are created equal.
And one that believes calories don’t matter as much as what kind of calories they are and when they are consumed. I used to be a part of the former and on this link, you can discover the best weight loss shakes I used. But after years of trial and error and new knowledge, I’m now a strong believer in the latter.
See, if all calories are equal, it should result that anyone who consumes fewer calories than they expend should lose weight. And when people are looking to lose weight, what they should really be looking to do is lose fat. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you could very well gain weight, but look way better. So expending more calories than you take in will bring about weight loss, but may most likely do nothing for you in terms of losing belly fat.
Based on our bodies’ hormonal responses to food, you can still lose a ton of weight and look flabby or be unhealthy. It’s the type of weight loss that matters. And for most of us, it’s that stubborn belly fat we want to get rid of.
So now, what kind of calories and when we consume them is going to matter.
For the sake of fat loss, here is the order of importance in caloric types:
- Protein Fat Carbohydrate
I will show you a diet in which you do NOT have to count your calories in order to sculpt the physique you desire. But you will have to watch what type of calorie it is, and only consume certain types at certain times.
- Ready? Let’s dive in
Carbohydrates, for the most part, are your worst enemy when it comes to losing belly fat. Why? Carbs like to store up quickly, once our glycogen stores are full, in the form of fat – stored energy for use when needed. Can carbs be a useful part of losing belly fat though? Yes, they actually can help mobilize fat cells, but only when consumed at the right times.
For the sake of this diet, called carb backloading, we will save any and all carbohydrates until the evening, after 6 pm or so. Yes, you read that right. No carbs until after 6 pm. But hey, at least it’s not a complete no-carb diet. You can have those carbs, just save them for later.
What do you eat then throughout the day? You guessed it, protein and fat. Anything that is low carb and won’t cause a spike in insulin. Sausage, bacon, eggs, meat, vegetables (a lot of fiber content, so veggies are good), etc.
If you weight train, you don’t even need to do any cardio on this diet to reap the fat loss benefits. In fact, it’s best that you not do any cardio because your muscles will need to soak up the carbs and calories into glycogen stores.