dreamstime_m_57081121-sTo lose weight one must obviously consume fewer calories than are expended. However to specifically target fat loss other factors must be taken into consideration along with a program to maintain this weight-loss. The body has three sources of energy from which to draw to meet its metabolic needs: carbohydrates (sugars), lipids (fats) and proteins.

It draws on these reserves in a very specific order – first burning carbohydrates. Once these are exhausted, then and only then will it turn to the protein (muscle) and fat reserves. Fats are exactly what you want to burn in order to lose weight. Muscles, or proteins, on the other hand, are what you want to preserve at all cost. That is why a poorly designed diet results in fat and muscle loss.

The body has fat cells and protein cells. It has no carbohydrate cells and will look for energy, irrespective of whether that energy comes from carbohydrates, fat or muscles. It is essential to provide the necessary amount of nutrients to prevent muscle loss and maximize fat loss.

Most popular weight-loss programs advertise with testimonials and striking “before and after pictures”. Invariable these are followed by a disclaimer that states “these results are not typical”.

Our clients will lose 3 to 7 pounds per week (women typically losing 3 to 5 pounds and men 4 to 7 pounds per week). These results are typical and while loss of lean body mass is minimized the results are loss of belly fat which becomes a strong motivator to accomplish the desired weight-loss goals.    Read more…