The other day, I was watching the morning news while getting ready for my day. A commercial came on from a liposuction franchise company and featured an overweight/obese woman who was hailing the company for helping her get rid of her stubborn fat. The commercial went on to say they use a technique that will permanently get rid of your “diet resistant fat“. As the commercial aired, I really didn’t pay attention until I heard this phrase. Diet resistant fat.
Baloney, there is no such thing as diet resistant fat! Yes, maybe the last few pounds is really hard to shed, but diet resistant? The fact is, if less calories are going in than energy expended, fat loss is a biological certainty. Just ask those people who were undergoing a mass genocide in the 1940’s. I’m pretty sure that when they were liberated, there was no “diet resistant fat” on their bodies. In fact, there was next to no fat on their bodies.
Listen, fat is burnable, but you have to actually try, and it’s not easy, but it is attainable if you do the right things and work for it.
Little known fact is that mitochondria is key in fat loss. Mitochondria are cells that exist in our muscles and are necessary in the process of fat loss. Men have more mitochondria in their bodies as their muscle mass is generally larger than women, that’s why men lose weight faster than women. Mitochondria is responsible for the compound ATP, which gives your body energy to get through exercise sessions. However, it is also responsible for fat loss in your body. Simply put, mitochondria with the combination of oxygen (think weight training, interval training, cardio), burns fat and is expelled from the mouth as CO2. Simple. It’s not any more complicated than that, really, my keto friends. And yes, while a decrease in calories will cause fat loss, I believe mitochondria to be a far superior mode as there are so many other benefits to exercise than just fat loss: increased energy, increased bone density, decreased depression and anxiety, increased self esteem, increased stamina and let’s not forget: looking good with your clothes off.
Here’s something to consider, however. Eating a clean diet will feed your mitochondria. Eating sugary snacks, simplex carbs, processed foods, junk junk junk will not feed mitochondria. Protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains will. It is also implicated that through a proper diet designed to feed an active body will increase mitochondria density and hey, that’s a win-win.
Yes it is hard work. But don’t you think that living in middle age without medications that keep you alive and age related pain is liberating? As a 54 year old woman, I can tell you YES! It’s a simple as getting 150 minutes of exercise every week and eating foods that benefit your body, not your emotions.
I do also want to mention that some individuals suffering certain metabolic/endocrine conditions have a harder time losing the fat, but it is still not impossible to lose any fat with these conditions as long as exercise and diet programs are safe for these individuals.
So as you see fat loss is not as complicated as people think it is (and as I have myself in the past). It takes more determination to lose fat than anything as anyone will attest, it is hard to do, but it is doable in varying degrees.