How to Not Lose Weight by Following Unhealthy Tips
thousands of articles in magazines about health and how to lose weight, I have
learned that the same basic principles tend to pop up quite often. In this blog
post, I explain how following some conventional guidelines can interfere with
your health and fat loss goals, as well as you forming the foundation of a
healthy lifestyle that will help you to keep the weight off for long after you
have lost it.
There are a few
weight loss tips that you should please ignore if you do come across them on
health websites, social media pages about health, and health magazines. They
Consume 5 Meals A Day to Balance Blood Sugar Levels and Speed Up Your Metabolism
Eating too frequently
can actually prevent you from losing weight, as your body will have a constant
supply of nutrients and energy from glucose or even ketones if you are fat
adapted and have been following a ketogenic diet. Your insulin levels go up
every single time that you eat. When your insulin levels are too high, you will
be more likely to store fat, especially around your midsection, and it will be
a lot harder for the average person to lose fat in the presence of high
Reducing the severity
of insulin spikes, as well as the frequency thereof, is very important when
trying to lose weight, and therefore, I recommend that you consider trying to
only eat two or three times a day when you are trying to lose weight, so that
your body does get the chance to burn its available fat for energy when it runs
out of glucose.
Nina Teicholz, author
of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, refers
to this extra and unhealthy stored fat as granola bars that have been strapped
around your stomach. I like to remind myself of this when tempted to snack and
just tell my body it can snack on my fat when throwing a cravings tantrum.
Eat a Low-Fat Diet to Try and Lose Fat and Become a Healthier You
Eating a low-fat diet
that is also high in sugar is also not great for weight loss. Even without the
sugar, a low-fat diet denies your body of essential nutrients, as well as the essential
fats that it needs in order to be healthy.
If you consume fat
regularly, your body will become used to using fat for energy, and then when
you do run out of energy, you will be less likely to start breaking down your
muscle for glucose, and you will be more likely to start breaking down your
stored fat for energy.
Following a low-fat
diet, especially for an extended period of time, will leave your body unable to
use fat properly, and you will not be as healthy as you can possibly be.
It is also better if
you do reduce your carbohydrate intake, especially when increasing the amount
of fat that you consume. Having a high amount of carbohydrates in your system,
as well as a high amount of fat, can actually lead to unhealthy weight gain.
Foods are actually
more addictive when high in both fat and sugar, and especially when the food
type contains them in the perfect ratio. Just think of doughnuts, pizza,
hamburgers, and pretty much all of the foods that people tend to become
addicted to. They all have the ideal combination of sugar/carbs, fat, and salt.
Just Doing A Lot of Cardio for Fat Loss and Health
Doing long sessions
of cardio to lose weight and improve health is also outdated and not as
effective as other types of exercises like HIIT training, which stands for
high-intensity interval training, or weight lifting. What is probably one of
the best things to do is to do a combination of exercises when trying to lose
How strength training
and weight lifting help you to lose weight is that by building muscle, you are
actually increasing the amount of energy you burn in a day at rest, so you are
increasing your basal metabolic rate naturally. The more muscle you have, the
easier it will be to lose the weight and to also keep it off.
Your metabolism will
also be more efficient after doing a workout that targets your muscles through
resistance. HIIT (high-intensity interval training) also speeds up your
metabolism. Both of these types of exercises have an afterburn effect, whereas
during plain cardio means that you will burn calories during the workout, but will
not burn as much when the workout is finished.
Following a Low-Calorie Diet for Extended Periods of Time
Consuming a very low
amount of calories for extended periods of time is also not good for long-term
weight loss, as your metabolism can actually become less efficient, and over
time, you will have to eat even less in order to just maintain your weight.
You still need to
burn more calories than you consume to lose fat, although your hormones, such
as insulin, leptin (satiety hormone), and ghrelin (hunger hormone) are actually
more important. What you should not do is restrict your calories too much for
extended periods of time.
Calorie cycling is a
great solution to this, as you can follow a low-calorie diet for one or two days
if you want to, and then eat more calories on other days to prove to your body
that you are not starving.
You can also follow the
fasting mimicking diet approach, where you eat 800 calories a day for five
days, and then eat normally for the rest of the month or even for a few months.
While my main focus
is to become the superhuman version of myself through diet, lifestyle, and
biohacking, I have to get through the first obstacle of losing my remaining fat
first, which is why that is currently my main priority. Perhaps you are in a similar
situation and want to currently get rid of some stubborn fat that has unnecessarily
overstayed its welcome.