London: A sports nutritionist has broken the ‘fundamentals of fat loss’ down in a simple yet eye-opening graphic shared on Instagram. Ryan Pinto, the founder of High-Performance Nutrition Australia and the nutrition provider for the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team, posted the viral graphic on his social media page to highlight how simple fat loss is to achieve.
It was originally created by personal trainer Ben Carpenter who is known for posting myth-busting graphics and photos on social media. ‘If you know the absolute fundamentals, you can pick and choose behaviors based on your own personal preference,’ Pinto wrote. Watch the following video of Dr. Sharafat Ali’s health tips on how to lose weight fast.
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‘The weight loss industry loves focusing on the extremes like “You HAVE to eat six meals a day to spike your metabolism” or “You HAVE to train fasted for fat loss”.
‘Let’s make nutrition as simple as possible rather than overcomplicating it.’ The graphic broke fat loss into four categories – two of which were deemed important for fat loss and two that were labeled unimportant. A calorie deficit was deemed a ‘non-negotiable’ while things like food avoidance, cheat meals, juice cleanses, weight loss teabags, and ‘quick fixes’ were dubbed pointless.
And while many think popular diets, calorie cycling, meal quantity, training times, and post-workout meals are critical, these were among those labeled less important. ‘Highly advisable’ habits included easy plans, adequate-protein, resistance training, an active lifestyle, nutritious food, and adequate sleep.
While these may seem simple enough, Australian dietitian Susie Burrell said if these habits are being adopted and fat loss is not achieved, there could be other issues going on.
‘For any regular exerciser, the balance of exercise and diet required to support weight loss is generally well understood – eat fewer carbs and calories, get enough movement and cardio and add in some weights to change body composition and increase metabolic rate,’ she wrote on her website.
‘An interesting scenario arises when it seems that no matter how many workouts you do, nor how few carbs or calories you consume, nothing seems to budge.’ The common issue? Imbalanced insulin levels. ‘Whenever I see a client who is carrying 10-20 extra kilos, despite eating relatively well and exercising regularly, I question whether their insulin levels may be out of whack,’ she wrote.
‘Insulin is the hormone that controls both glucose and fat metabolism in the body, and high levels of insulin over time can make weight loss very difficult.’ Insulin resistance is clinical and occurs when the hormone responsible for glucose levels is not working as it should.
‘Over time, numerous factors including a diet high in processed carbohydrates, a relatively inactive lifestyle and often genetics insulin becomes less and less efficient at processing the glucose we consume in carbohydrate-based foods such as bread, cereals, fruit, and sugars,’ she explained.
‘The unfortunate thing when it comes to weight control is that the higher the amount of insulin that you have circulating in the body, the harder it becomes to burn body fat.
‘This means that if you have insulin resistance, you can be eating an extremely healthy diet, exercising as recommended, and actually physically unable to lose weight.’ To treat and/or prevent this issue, Susie recommends a ‘high protein, moderate carbohydrate diet which eliminates as much processed carbohydrate from the diet as possible.
‘Getting the right mix of movement and high-intensity training is a crucial component of managing IR long term, as the right types of exercise can actually teach the muscle to burn carbohydrates efficiently again,’ she added.
‘Ideally, a mix of plenty of movement via 10,000 or more steps a day, coupled with 4-5, 30-40 minute high-intensity cardio training sessions such as running, aerobics classes, or even Zumba is ideal. She said that while weight training is often prescribed, focusing on cardio training and plenty of movement is a better option in this case. (daily mail)