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Why people struggle to lose body fat?
The science behind losing body fat is actually very simple: eat less calories and move more to burn calories. Then why so many people find it difficult to lose even a few pounds?
Some common reasons are:
Lacking education about nutrition
Eating too many calories without realizing
Focusing only on cardio and not weight training
Lacking motivation to diet and exercise
What's the secret to lose body fat?
The first step toward a successful fat loss is becoming mindful about what you eat. Having some knowledge about physiology is important to understand how fat loss occurs. The food we eat contains three macronutrients: fat, carbohydrates and proteins. A gram of fat has about 9 calories, while a gram of carbohydrate or protein has about 4 calories. Our bodies need a certain amount of calories to function. If we exceeds that amount, our body starts storing body fat. A calorie surplus means eating more than you need, and a calorie deficit means consuming fewer calories than you burn. In order to lose body fat, you should be on a calorie deficit for a period of time. A personal trainer can help you determine the ideal calorie intake for you and guide you through a successful fat loss program.
How does weight training helps to lose body fat?
When it comes to training for losing fat, many people focus solely on cardiovascular training. Although cardiovascular exercise burns more calories during the workout, resistance training helps to build lean muscle, which has a positive effect on your metabolism. For this reason, a combination of cardiovascular and resistance training is recommended to achieve fat loss and improve your body composition.
Why it is important to lose body fat
Excessive body fat is linked to cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes and osteoarthritis. Losing just 5-10% of bodyweight can improve blood pressure, cholesterol, and reduce your risk of diabetes. Besides the physical benefits, losing weight helps to improve your look, confidence and mental health.
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