The Myth of ‘Fattening’ Foods

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as ‘fat loss food’.

The good news is that there are not any truly ‘fattening’ foods either.

However, some foods are more nutritionally dense and support our physiology and health better than others. Some foods keep us feeling fuller than others, but no food alone will make us fat – unless we overeat them.

For example, carbs inherently do not make you fat. Fats do not make you fat, and sugar alone does not make you fat, outside of a calorie surplus.

For a food to be fattening, it would have to cause us to store body fat regardless of our energy balance. It would also defy the laws of thermodynamics.

That is not to say that food choices are irrelevant, it simply highlights the fact that it is energy balance that is the most important factor for fat loss success.

With that in mind, we guide our clients to choose foods that support their goals and allow them to stay adherent over the long term.

This means focusing on eating a variety of whole foods, ensuring plenty of quality protein, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.

These types of foods will make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to perform optimally and support your health and fat loss goals.

So instead of worrying about “fat loss foods” make sure you tick all the important boxes to achieve your goals:

  1. Calorie deficit
  2. Nutrient-dense whole foods
  3. Increasing daily activity
  4. Resistance train
  5. Manage stress and sleep

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