Here at ChilledFitness.com we are all about teaching our readers how to shed body fat quickly and efficiently while maintaining muscle. This is what we define as getting lean.
There are some simple but highly important nutritional principles that need to be applied if you want to see rapid, sustainable fat loss. It is simply not enough to train super hard; what you eat accounts for at least 70% of what happens to your body in terms of fat levels.
In this post we will tell you what foods to eat if you want to lose weight fast, and also what not to eat, which is equally imporant.
Common Misconceptions About Eating For Fat Loss
Let’s start by clearing a few things up and going over some key weight loss mistakes:
Firstly, you should certainly not be persuing a ‘low fat’ diet if your goal is to lose body fat; unfortunately things are just not that simple. If you have been following a diet of this kind without seeing results then we hope you are willing to question your approach. The good news is that we have a great alternative for you which will be introduced momentarily.
Just to be clear: The low fat approach is a joke based on terrible science; it is probably making you fatter!
Going low fat is an extremely common mistake and more and more people are starting to realise this. Fats in general have a terrible reputation, mostly due to sloppy reporting in the media, and often end up taking the blame for a whole host of health problems, including obesity. Although there are fats you need to avoid, mainly trans fats, there also some very healthy ones you need.
Most people do not realise that fats are not what actually ends up getting stored as body fat, sugar is. So when we eat too many sugars or other popular carbs such as grains, which get converted into glucose (sugar), we are often storing these calories as body fat. The more of these foods you eat, the more likely this becomes.
It is highly unlikely that fats are responsible for most people’s expanding waistlines. The culprits are almost certainly sugars and grains.
The good news is that people are starting to wise up and realise the truth. The idea that foods commonly promoted as being ‘healthy’ or ‘weight loss’ foods are actually making people fatter is growing in popularity very quickly. The supporting evidence is compelling.
Even though low fat diets and foods have been praised for decades, and people have been encouraged constantly to keep their fat intakes down, over one third of the US population is now obese and that number is rising.
Obviously something is majorly wrong with how people are eating. So…
What Is The Alternative?
As it becomes clearer by the day that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is making people overweight and sick, more of us are starting to look for a healthy alternative. As far as we are concerned, the obvious choice is the Paleo/Caveman Diet which teaches us to look back in time at what our ancestors ate – a positive thing because:
This is what our bodies are actually designed to eat and what they have evolved to thrive on.
It turns out that the Paleo Diet is not only very healthy, it also allows us to shed body fat effectively if we follow it’s principles…
Paleo Foods – What To Eat For Fast Fat Loss
The Paleo Diet, which is extremely effective for losing weight, involves large amounts of the following foods:
- Meat. Ideally from organic wild animals.
- Vegetables. The vast majority of vegetables can be consumed in unlimited quantities.
- Fruits. All fruits can be eaten on the Paleo Diet, there are some fruit guidelines to follow though.
- Fats. Yes, you need to eat a fair amount of ‘good’ fats. See the food list link below.
That is a very simple overview of the kind of thing you need to eat to lose weight, and quickly. Take a look at the list of Paleo foods I have compiled, it is huge and will allow for almost endless variety in the meals you make. If you keep to the food list then your meals will be ideal for losing body fat; there will also be no need for you to count calories – a huge bonus right?
As well as following the simple rules above, I think another good way of looking at weight loss foods is to really focus on and understand the things you shouldn’t be eating and be certain to avoid them. It is easy to get bogged down when reading about the fat loss effects of different foods, there is also a lot of conflicting information around and this makes things confusing. Just consider the following though:
If you just concentrate on the fundamentals in this post and stop looking for ‘magic’ foods to shed weight then you are going to do extremely well.
Once again, the fundamentals you need to focus all of your attention on are:
- Cutting out all grains and sugar (other than fruit)
- Following a Paleo style diet as we have introduced here
- Forget about ‘low fat’ foods and eating plans
- Eat real, whole foods – à la Paleo. Remember whole grains do not count as whole foods though!
If you actually apply those simple pieces of advice, commit yourself to a 30 day trial and stick to it, the results you see will be truly fantastic – we can promise you this.
How To Get Started
We suggest you read our introductory post on Paleo which gives a more in-depth overview of the how’s and why’s of eating this way.
After learning a little more, simply begin to implement the changes we suggest into your daily routine. There are some guidelines for getting started in the Paleo guide we just referenced.
You are probably going to want some recipe ideas to keep your meals varied and interesting. Without a doubt our favorite resource for these is the Paleo Recipe Book.
There are other posts I have written which will probably be of interest. They cover topics such as healthy breakfast ideas for losing weight; the relationship between sugar and body fat and specific breakfasts that are Paleo friendly.
It is also a good idea to learn a little about how often you should be eating for fat loss. The good news is that you have a LOT of freedom with meal timings!
What Are Your Thoughts?
It would be great to hear what your opinions are on this post as we know a lot of it is not what people are used to hearing. After a little more research though the truth starts to become clear – and so do the lies we are commonly taught about healthy foods and what to eat to lose weight!
Any comments or questions are very welcome in the comments section below, we will always respond to you