You may have seen that in plenty of my recent stuff I’ve been talking about the human law of thermodynamics.
Basically, if you eat more calories than you burn, you add body fat.
If you eat less than you burn, you loose body fat.
This statement is still 100% true and not a single person in the world can change that.
But here is the thing, what about FOOD VOLUME?
If I can only eat 1,400 kcal per day to lose fat, and I choose to give 460 kcal of that to a snickers bar and a can of coke, do you think I am in a good place to be able to maintain my diet?
A snickers bar and a coke isn’t going to fill me up at all.
In fact I could probably eat 4 or 5 back to back no problem, and still have room for the coke.
This means in about an hour I am going to be hungry again, but with only 1,000 kcal left for the day – I am going to be struggling to stick to the plan and have wasted it on empty calories (food with little to no nutritional value).
So what about if I was to eat something with more VOLUME in it?
200g of chicken breast
125g of rice
This would come to only 350 kcal and would certainly fill me up for longer!
So as much as I have to say, calories in vs calories out is the essential thing to understand.
Plus I do promote a BALANCED lifestyle where you don’t restrict anything.
If you are in a situation where you find your goals hard to stick to in terms of your nutrition.
It may be worth analysing where your food choices are coming from.
Lewis made a great example of this recently by comparing 5 McDonalds chicken selects vs a HUGE meal he made, only 36 kcal difference and look at the volume next to each other.
It’s all about observing your own eating patterns and making smarter choices. 😉
Happy training folks.