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Doctor Stresses the Importance of Dietary Changes to Weight Loss

Change Of Dietary Pattern

There are several widely popularized methods for losing fat and getting healthier. While some believe the most effective way is by high-intensity interval training, i.e. HIIT, others believe cardio does the job just fine. Yet, some others believe the most effective method is an adoption of calorie deficit.

Exercise activities such as strength training helps people lose fat and gets them into shape. However, the progress recorded might not be substantial if you maintain your old nutrition pattern. NYU Langone’s director in charge of medical weight management program, Holly Lofton, stressed the importance of nutrition to exercise. She stated that when a person works out, it causes the body to burn glycogen at first. That is so because the quickest energy form is glycogen. After the glycogen gets burned the body then starts to access the fat stores

Working out without implementing a new nutrition pattern may yield only little progressive results

Dr. Lofton further explained that a person who is already overweight and also has higher glycogen stored in the body will have issues burning fat. The reason for that is because the body is yet to completely burn off all the stored glycogen. She explained that it would be difficult for the person to get rid of the fat without implementing a dietary change particularly by cutting intake of carbohydrates.

She emphasized that it does not imply skipping a workout. It only means there is a need to pay attention to both aspects and take relevant steps to ensure that while you are working out, you are also making notable changes to your diet. People have different exercise systems. As such, it is advised that people speak to experts so they can figure out the macronutrient profile i.e. carbohydrate, protein, and fats, that is the most suitable for their needs.

Categories of Macronutrients

A nutrition coach and personal trainer, Carrie McMahon, explained that making a significant change to one’s health requires changing how one approaches food. McMahon mentioned that when she was trying to lose weight, she also had to ditch calorie counting and adopt macronutrient counting in its place. McMahon mentioned that macronutrients constitute a food’s caloric content. These macronutrients are also known as macros.

The three major classes of Macronutrients include fat, protein and carbohydrates. A gram of carbohydrates contains 4 calories. A gram of fat contains 9 calories and one gram of protein contains 4 calories. Thus, the issue isn’t the number of calories contained in the food. It is more about the type of calories that the food actually contains. It is possible for you to set and adhere to a strict limit on your calorie intake and still be getting a deficit supply of nutrients.

A gram of carbohydrates contains 4 calories and a gram of fat contains 9 calories

Benefits Of Macronutrients

There are a number of benefits that accompany shopping calorie counting. The first and perhaps the most obvious is that you get to indulge without feeling so guilty. McMahon advised that you should consume those treats by fitting them as a component of your specific macro allowances.

She advised that you shouldn’t be all about boring foods as they may cause you to burn out. According to her, someone who consumes balanced diet has fewer cravings simply because the person doesn’t have a deficit of anything. The balance that comes with that kind of diet provides you with more energy. It helps you to work out better and ultimately records better results.

Consuming a balanced diet helps you to have fewer cravings since you are not deficient of anything

Tracking Your Macro Intake

You can decide whether what you want is an increase in metabolism, muscle building or fat loss. McMahon’s recommendation to clients who are starting out their nutritional program differs. To those looking to boost metabolism or build the muscle, she recommends 40% protein, 25% fat and 35% carbohydrates.

For those who want to lose fat, McMahon recommends 45% protein, 20% fat and 35% carbohydrates. Tracking can be quite difficult, and she recommends downloading an app for macro-counting. The application helps you input the food class contained in your meal and the app does the calculation.

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