After discussing the post from the other day on Calorie balance and weight loss with a couple clients, I came to the conclusion, that as complicated as nutrition for fat loss can be, it can all be summed up in this statement:
"Liberally feed your lean muscle mass and judiciously starve your body fat stores."Straight forward enough? Most people eat a bunch of junk(>50% of their total Calories are from refined carbohydrates) that stimulates storage of body fat. When they want to lose weight, they simply restrict their total food intake (including the good Calories that your muscles need). They don't know that, inevitably, they are setting themselves up to fail because they are losing lean body mass. They are creating an 'internal starvation' for their lean body mass, while still growing their body fat stores. As I discussed in the previous nutrition post, the 'Calories in/Calories out' equation changes, and total weight loss plateaus (because they are starving their lean body mass).
So, take time to ensure you are getting high-quality Calories and hold off on the low-quality Calories. Simply starving yourself won't work.