Five Fundamentals of Fat Loss

It’s time I wrote a pretty frank article about this, so be warned: bad language is likely to be ahead. If you have fitness goals that you are working towards, don’t get caught up in the shit. When it comes to getting in shape there is a HUGE market for money-making, and the media and the internet can very easily persuade fitness novices onto their plans for a fee, which often don’t acknowledge or adhere to the basics of fat loss. The result of this is an uncountable number of people blindly following diet plans or exercise programmes and falling off the wagon time and time again. Body fat doesn’t care about fads. It doesn’t dissolve away with magic pills. It doesn’t check at what time of the day you consume carbs. It does respond to the 5 fundamentals that make up any successful fat loss journey. Simple. When you decide to start (or overhaul) your fitness regime you should be beginning from the basic building blocks. There is so much information and research available out there that it’s tough to know who to believe- well you can believe me. I won’t try to sell you anything, or confuse you with nonsensical methods or unnecessary complexities which can really bog down beginners and detract from the basics. There’s 5 things you need to implement for fat loss, and everything else is either a needless intricacy, or, a load of bull. I’m willing to put my reputation on the line here and say making these fundamentals a habit will get you leaner. There’s no scientific way it won’t. So here are the 5 fool-proof fundamentals:

1. Be in a calorie deficit

Or in other terms, burn more calories than you consume. Simple science. If you need to burn more energy to function than you got from your food and drink, you’ll start to burn something else… body fat.

Find a way that works for you. All diets are based on a calorie-deficit premise: fasting, slimming world, low-carb, all that these plans do is help you to get into a deficit, there’s no magic secret. You just need to find a way that gets you understanding and eating within a deficit for yourself. This could be anything from basic portion control to calorie tracking, just so long as you can see yourself doing it for a long time. This needs to be a sustainable option that you can continue with for months not weeks.

​2. Weight Train