A holistic look at building muscle & losing weight simultaneously

Ange Dim
4 min readApr 26, 2021

When it comes to fat loss and increasing muscle mass, it’s not always as simple as cutting calories, eliminating food groups or increasing your food intake. We must look at the body holistically rather than in miniature bite-size components.

Let’s look into fat loss for a moment.

Fat loss is apparent when your caloric intake is lower than what you are expending. This starts showing in your body shape, weeks and months after you begin restricting your nutrition, either changing your eating habits or lowering your food consumption. One fast way to lose weight is to gauge the thermic result of certain foods. If you look into the nutritional value of salmon, protein and eggs, you will find that their thermic effect (the number of calories you burn when digested), you will see that eating these will help you lose weight over time. It takes energy to digest these foods, and protein has a habit of keeping you full for more extended periods. What results are you eating less and, therefore, burning stored body fat for energy? This is the shift you want your body to have daily. The best way to utilise your metabolism is to pick the foods with the best thermic effect and keep you full.

What about carbs

Carbs are needed in the diet, although you can get your carb intake from vegetables and fruit. Most people love their carbs and find it hard to part with them when they want to lose weight. You don’t need to restrict carbs when trying to lose body fat. You can pick the right kinds of carbs that will help you achieve your goals. As you might suspect, eating processed carbs like bread and cereals will hinder your fat loss and increase your cravings. Processed carbs do not create a feeling of satiety, and therefore, you may find yourself hungry moments later. That’s what causes an increase in caloric consumption. When supplementing these with natural sources, such as oats, sweet potato and quinoa, you will notice a remarkable difference in your appetite & mood.

If you want to get a little bit more fat loss underway, don’t restrict carbs but use a method called “Carb Cycling” to shift your body ability to burn stored fat as energy. It’s a very successful way to control your body fat loss…

Ange Dim

Multi-passionate creative who's immersed in health, wellness, exercise and loves creating healthy recipes. Subscribe for food inspo : shorturl.at/tuw68

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