I explained yesterday that the reason why Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps have a low body fat percentage even though they’re bad dieters, is because of their training. I ended that post by asking you what you thought was most important for fat loss: training OR diet.
The answer is that it depends. The biggest secret to fat loss is the fundamental law of thermodynamics. This is the most important nutrition law and it applies whatever your age, metabolism, genetics or bodytype. Here’s the Law…
- eat less calories than your body burns => you’ll lose fat
- eat more calories than your body burns => you’ll gain fat
You can’t lose fat unless you have a caloric deficit. And you can create this through training OR diet OR both. It doesn’t really matter how you do it, as long as the amount of calories that goes into your body is less than the amount of calories that your body burns. Losing fat is simple math!
There are obviously people who will say that it’s not as easy as calories in vs. calories out. Well I shouldn’t be telling you this, but yes there is more to it: things like food choice and training will impact your fat loss. But NEVER as much as creating a caloric deficit, whatever that new “fad diet” is claiming.
Those fat loss “experts” are trying to catch your attention by coming up with new things to blame instead of sticking to what’s proven to work. That is what confuses guys. And it is compounded by empirical evidence that…
- Some guys build muscle while losing fat without a caloric deficit.
- Some guys can’t lose fat although they exercise a lot and eat healthy.
I’m starting with the first group tomorrow, the 2nd group will be for later. Meanwhile, tell me how you think it’s possible that some guys – including my SL Members – can build muscle and lose fat at the same time without a caloric deficit? Reply in the blog comment section, my answers follows tomorrow.