“Just eat in a calorie deficit” is one of the worst fat loss advice

I don’t deny the “calorie deficit” advice but it isn’t very helpful on its own

Egis R.

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When you consume fewer calories than you expend, you’re in a calorie deficit. And that, my reader friend, is an underlying driver for fat loss. Unless your diet has this…

Calories consumed (2,000) — calories expended (2,600) = -600 calorie deficit

…you’re not going to lose fat.

Now, I don’t deny the “calories in vs. calories out” thing. I told you an inhuman amount of times that you need to be in a calorie deficit to lose fat. There’s no way around it. Even if @KetoWariorJoe with ten IQ points short of a moron on IG tried to convince you that fat loss is about keeping insulin low and getting into ketosis.

However, saying “Just eat in a calorie deficit” or “Eat less, move more” to someone who doesn’t know how to find a sustainable way of eating less and moving more is as useful as tits on a nun (and trust me, that someone is heaps of people struggling with their weight). If it was that useful, everyone would just “eat in a calorie deficit and move more” and no one would struggle with their weight.

“Drown less, swim more.” Try saying this to the poor guy fighting for his life in the water. While technically correct advice, the life of the person on the receiving end of the advice is still going to go to fucking shit. You give the person the end goal but not the process or specific steps of how to actually get there. Not very helpful.

A lot of fitness experts put way too much emphasis on telling you to “just eat in a calorie deficit”. To the people who struggle with their weight, this advice, as James Fell once said, ​​is a simpleminded slap in the face that shows lack of empathy and understanding of just how much of a struggle it is to overcome it (obesity).

Technically, losing weight comes down to the simple mathematical equation of “calories in — calories out = weight change”. Realistically, there are many factors involved in why you overconsume food in the first place:

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Egis R.

I’m Egis, an online weight loss coach who has heightened BS sensors for fitness & nutrition. Only evidence-based & sustainable fat loss. www.absscience.com