Permanent Fat Loss

Your habits make you who you are

The amount of fat a person carries is not determined by genes, it is caused by what you do OR not do with respect to diet and exercise. It has been proven that neither the number of fat cells, nor their size is genetically fixed, fatness is more dependant on our lifestyle, and quite often by the quality of the education received from our parents while we were young in the areas of proper nutrition and exercise.

Research has found that at some point during adolescence and the late teen years that an individual is more inherently receptive to acquiring the fat cells that will become part of their body make-up, which will be exacerbated due to poor nutrition and/or exercise habits. Therefore, once the body acquires these fat cells they can only be removed surgically (lipo-suction), so the goal is to NOT continuously fill these fat cells, but to work on keeping them as small as possible though proper, and most importantly consistent and sound nutrition and exercise.

When the body remains at a particular "fat" level for a year plus, the body begins to accept the fat as permanent, and automatically develops a support system for the fat consisting of adipose cells, capillaries, enzyme counts, peripheral nerves, hormone levels, and connective tissue. Once this is done the body has now accepted this level of "fat" as self and will defend it vigorously, which is why the desire of losing weight all of a sudden is difficult. Studies show that it takes years of overeating to become fat because the body shifts its fatpoint up very slowly, therefore in order to loose the fat you must shift down just as slow, hence there is no safe AND fast way to permanently loose fat or scale weight. The physical health of an individual should be measured by body fat percentage, not scale weight.

The following are some rules and guidelines to permanent fat loss:

  • Establish a baseline body fat percentage measurement and lose no more than 2 pounds of scale weight per week. Tests have shown that the two most reliable methods for establishing a body fat percentage are the under-water weighing and the near infrared inductance using the Futrex device. Choosing one method as well as remaining with the same equipment and operator would be the best. Have your fat measured every 3 - 4 months.
  • Avoid most saturated fats. Fats in all meats and most dairy foods are saturated so ingest these items sparingly and selectively.
  • Avoid commercial diets and drugs. Fats are burned for energy inside the muscle cells in structures called the mitochondria.
  • There are a few nutrients that may help, a couple are, but not limited to L-Carnitine and Chromium Picolinate. L-Carnitine transports the fats that are stored in adipose cells through the mitochondria membranes which facilitates fat for use as energy. Chromium Picolinate is essential for normal insulin metabolism and will promote muscle growth and controls insulin levels.
  • Cut sugar and simple carbohydrates and ingest complex carbohydrate sources, which are slowly absorbed and do not disturb insulin metabolism.
  • Eat high fiber, which creates a slow, even energy uptake that promotes the use of food for energy rather than a disposition of body fat.
  • Consistently weight train to maintain and increase lean muscle mass. Resistance training is definitely key to increasing the engine of muscle mass making the body progressively more efficient to burn fat for energy. The body uses more fat energy to move a lean body versus a fat body.
  • Consistently cardio train a minimum of five 30-minute sessions per week within an established target heart rate (THR). It has been said that cardio in the AM boosts the resting metabolic rate (RMR) throughout the day, not only while your training, but up to 18 hours afterwards. Regardless, no matter what time, the point is to just do it!

Bottom line, CONSISTENCY is the best overall advice for permanent fat loss!