I realize i've already written a lot here on the topic of losing weight, which is why i feel i should break it down and prioritize, as well because modern culture fills our brains with disinformation, assumptions and misdirections that keep us all heading in the wrong direction.
1: HOW TO STAY HUNGRY
The more hours of the day that you feel like you could eat
but then don't, the more hours of the day you are potentially
eating away at fat reserves. So such periods should be stimulated to occur and then last. Here's some ways to do this:
- drink (lemon) water in the morning; it won't keep giving a full feeling for long but it helps and it also helps with the detox; remember: the body uses fat to envelop toxins and acids and when these fats are burned, what they were encasing also comes free; hence your need to detox while burning fat.
- start the day off with a protein powder shake, preferably filled with goodies like raw egg. The body doesn't turn protein into fat so it is safe to consume and it's simultaneously stopping your body from consuming any muscle tissue [proteins]. One World Whey
and Bone Broth Protein
are the best choices
, i believe. It is hard to consume enough protein to really get enough calories and these protein shakes really help.
- whatever keeps you distracted from feeling hungry and eating is wonderful. Whether it's work, exercise or watching a movie, the longer you can postpone eating, the more fat your body can keep on burning off.
- exercise is useless
[!] for burning fat; it will just make you hungrier, which will cause you to eat more, which ends up doing nothing for your weight. What exercise does
do, however, is keep your body in the sympathetic mode during which the body focuses on getting energy to your muscles; the opposite of this is the parasympathetic mode during which the body starts sending energy [blood] towards the gut [predigestive processes]. That means you start feeling hungry!
So that means that if you start feeling hungry, all you have to do to get rid of that feeling is exercise. You'll end up eating at some point, but the longer you postpone eating carbs (and focus on proteins and fats), the longer your body is in a fat-burning mode.
- have a beer...; just as drinking water will temporarily fill you up, a beer will allow you to postpone eating, as well. But an alcoholic beverage [wine, port, mead, etc. will do even better] gives you 2 additional benefits: it gives you calories (that cannot be turned into fat) and it will mellow you out, giving you yet another way to postpone consuming carbs or fats.
2. WHAT TO EAT
There are 4 sources of energy: carbohydrates, fats, proteins and alcohol. Of these 4, 2 the body readily turns into fat and the other 2 the body doesn't:
- gets turned into fat: carbs & fats
- won't get turned into fat: proteins or alcohol
When you focus on consuming proteins [like in protein shakes], your body gets into a mode of burning a fuel that won't be turned into fat, even if you consume too much of it at any point in time.
Most people in modern culture are conditioned to feeling that alcohol is an inferior source of energy, which is really an ignorant way of viewing alcohol since it has been a part of all
long-lived human cultures throughout the ages. Dealing with alcohol maturely
is something altogether different than calling it bad, dealing with it not at all and denying yourself what benefits it has to offer. And when it comes to losing weight, alcohol consumption is a boon.
Have a beer, get drowsy and go to bed and you will be burning fats all through the night because that's all your body will have to burn as soon as the calories in the alcohol are burned up. Wake up the next morning and eat nuts and/or a protein shake and you will continue the body's fat-burning phase for many hours. (Then have some fruit after your morning workout or an hour after you've finished your shake.)
3. HOW NOT
- you should postpone eating carbohydrates in the morning because as soon as you do, your body will stop producing human growth hormone
. Also, because carbs can be turned into fat by the body so if you are not being very active, fats will be produced that you're going to have to burn off. You don't have this problem if you stick to proteins [i.e. shakes].
- as soon as the body has sugars to burn, it stops burning fats!
And the last thing you want if you are intent on losing body fat is for the body to stop
burning fat. So eat carbs when you are most active; that way you will burn up what carbs you consume and your body will be forced to turn back to fats for it's energy needs.
- avoid mixing carbs [i.e. sugars] with whatever fats you are consuming; this just offers the body an opportunity to replenish fat reserves, using the fats you consumed to fill fat cells back up (since the body's not burning fats while there's sugar around). If you are being very active (like when you're doing exercise) you can get away with having a few carbs but otherwise keep carbs and fats out of the same meal/period.
FINAL: COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
- eating fat does not make you fat; the body will
turn fats into body fat, this is true, but only under certain conditions. As long as you are consuming less calories than you are using up and you aren't combining sugars/carbs with fats during meals, eating fats is actually stimulating the body to burn fat, to use fats as fuel; and that's a good thing. Furthermore, your body needs
good fats and having them at your disposal while you are losing weight and [inherently] detoxing is both important for your health as well as for the processes involved with losing weight. In fact, you should be focusing on consuming everything but
carbs, i.e. proteins, alcohol and fats. If you are eating fats but staying hungry, you are on the way to burning away fat reserves in the body.
- higher metabolism does not
help lose weight; the only way a higher metabolism could help you lose weight any faster is if you cut out food completely! Let's say you are burning 3000 calories a day instead of 2000 (i.e. your metabolism is much higher than that of someone at 2000 calories/day); if both of you were eating nothing at all, you would be burning up 3000 calories a day while the other person was only burning up 2000 a day. However, no matter your level of metabolism, everybody feels hungry when they are consuming less calories than their metabolism demands!
So in the end, metabolism is moot, for as long as you are eating, say, 500 calories less than your body requires, you are feeling hungry and burning away 500 calories worth of fat, whether your metabolism is at 3000 and you're consuming 2500 calories or whether your metabolism is at 2000 and you're consuming 1500 calories; you'll both be feeling hungry and both be burning away 500 calories worth of fat. People with higher metabolisms also eat more, but hunger is hunger; whether you're 500 calories below 2000 or 3000, the 500-calorie-deficit feels the same to both.