How to lose fat is a burning question most of us obsess over. What to do about it occupy our minds and thought all the time. Something has to be done, but what? Let us start by looking at the problem, the reason why we are asking the question "how to lose fat?"
The fat cells in our bodies are made up of what we put in them. If we consume high fat foods and do not exercise then the fat cells fill up. There are magic chemical potions out there to help the body to lose fat and there is always surgery. The most effective way to control what is in the fat cells, and how our bodies look and feel as a result, is to control what we eat and how much we exercise.
How to lose fat can be as easy as choosing not to eat high fat foods. We can also speed this up by drinking green tea on a regular basis and by exercising in the fat burning zone.
Here are some interesting facts the guru's are looking into:
1. Low fat or no low fat?
In a recent article in Newsweek magazine Dr. Dean Ornish, lead investigator on numerous peer-reviewed studies of low-fat diets, and the author of several books about the benefits of healthy low-fat lifestyles proposes that the new study comparing the Atkins diet, a Mediterranean diet and a low-fat diet published on July 17 in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), is likely to inspire headlines saying that the Atkins diet is better for your waistline and your health than a low-fat diet.
2. Ornish suggests that the research is flawed.
It seems the low-fat diet group only reduced fat intake by about 1-2%, this is not substantial enough to make a difference and that some of the results reported were physiologically impossible.
3. More scientific research shows once again that a balanced diet is best:
Ornish and his colleagues at the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and the University of California, San Francisco, have studied for more than three decades the effects of diets much lower in fat (10 percent) than the one used in NEJM study. These diets were also lower in refined carbohydrates and higher in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products.
The results of these research projects found that reducing fat and eating a healthy balanced diet gives long-term fat loss that is measurable and sustainable. Not just fat loss but an overall reduction in body fat. So once again the answer to your question "how to lose fat?" is a balanced diet. No getting away from the fact that you have to eat right!
4. Good results from personal experience:
There are those who would argue with Dr. Dean Ornish. I have followed his, and the work of others, for over 20 years. I have seen very good results with the combined efforts of reducing animal fats and trans-fats, increasing healthy organic whole foods, increasing exercise and stress management techniques.
5. An important warning:
Be careful when any diet suggests the exclusion of any one food group. Remember that a good healthy diet that maintains a healthy body is a balanced one, with food from each food group. Take note when you choose foods that are high in fat, or contain simple carbohydrates. What time of day is it? What else is happening? How are you feeling? What is your story around those foods? Journal for a few weeks and observe what comes up.
By keeping a journal I have been able to pinpoint how bad these foods actually made me feel. Reducing them has lead to me feeling much healthier besides the fat loss benefits. The health and fat loss benefits of a Balanced Diet have changed my life.