This past Thursday evening during 6:30pm Bootcamp Class, I tried explaining how weight loss works while my class was warming up. It didn't go so well considering they were jumping and shuffling with rubber bands around their ankles, so here it is in 10 clear and concise rules.
The most important thing about all of this is, your body always wants to follow the path of least resistance.
Protein is the most filling macronutrient and uses the most energy during its own metabolism.
Your body wants to burn carbohydrates first, because carbs are the easiest macronutrient for the body to access during physical activity.
You store fat first, it’s the easiest macronutrient to store as bodyfat because it is the most similar to stored bodyfat.
To burn bodyfat, you need to reduce carbohydrate intake because your body wants to burn carbs first (path of least resistance), now you will have a glucose deficiency, then your body will start burning triglycerides (fat in the blood stream).
Only when those triglycerides are burned, will you burn stored bodyfat. You will not burn the stored stuff until all of you readily available stuff is used up (path of least resistance).
Proteins filling effect and high energy cost demands helps you eat less overall calories and get to those deficits.
Carbs are not bad, it’s fatty foods that we think of as carb foods (French fries, chips, cookies, etc.) that never allow us to reach a glucose (carb) or fat (triglyceride) deficit.
It’s not that a high-protein / high-fat diet burns more bodyfat, but it leaves you feeling full, so you consume less calories and get that calorie deficit while also getting the glycogen deficit you need to even start thinking about fat loss.
More Protein & Less fatty-carb foods = Weight loss