Today I’m back with part two of my special series on my new fat loss food pyramid.
This food pyramid equals faster fat loss.
If you haven’t watched Part 1 on Meal Timing, I highly suggest you do so before coming back and resuming this one.
So in the last video I debunked a lot of myths about why you don’t have to eat five or six or even seven small meals a day to keep your metabolism revved up.
I revealed how it’s possible to keep your body in a fat-burning environment 24-7, around the clock, while at the same time allowing yourself to eat larger portions and not be overwhelmed with trying to plan and fit in small, frequent meals throughout the entire day.
Macronutrients and Combinations
In today’s video we’re going to talk about macronutrients and combinations.
Macronutrients refer to the three primary groups of food components we consume: protein, fat and carbohydrates.
There are two key things when it comes to combinations of macronutrients in your meals.
The first is to understand the one macronutrient you should never eat by itself if your goal is fat loss.
The second key is to know the one macronutrient you should consume in every meal of the day if you want to keep your body in a fat-burning, muscle-building environment.
So if you follow these two rules, you will promote an anabolic muscle-building, fat loss-burning state around the clock.
The Macronutrient to Never Eat By Itself
If you’re looking to burn fat, the one food you should never eat by itself is the macronutrient carbohydrates.
You see, carbs are absolutely necessary because they give our brain and our bodies energy.
They also help keep our metabolism revved up and promote a muscle-building environment.
And they actually will even reset fat-burning hormones if they become suppressed when we try to deplete or lower our carb consumption level too much.
All that said, if you eat carbs by themselves, you immediately take your body out of a fat-burning state because carbs raise insulin higher than other foods.
And when insulin is elevated like I discussed in part one of the video series, it’s impossible for our bodies to use fat as fuel.
So every time you eat a carb by itself, you immediately take your body out of a fat-burning environment and instead push your body into a fat-storing state.
A perfect example of this is snacking on fruit by itself.
A lot of people think that’s a healthy choice, which it certainly can be — if your goal isn’t fat loss.
But if your goal is fat loss, snacking on fruit alone could end up being a big mistake.
Now while fruit alone isn’t going to make you fat, eating it by itself will definitely take your body out of a fat-burning mode and put it into a fat-storing state.
The Macronutrient to Eat at Every Meal
The key to keep in mind is that every time you eat a carbohydrate source like sugar, you’re going to want to combine it with the one macronutrient that you should consume in every single meal, every single day (the only exception to this rule being a cheat day).
And that macronutrient is protein.
Here’s why it’s essential to consume protein in every single meal:
- Protein has a higher thermic effect – it helps you burn more calories because your body must use more energy to digest protein than it does in digesting carbohydrates and fats.
- Protein provides a steady stream of amino acids to your muscle tissues. What this does is prevent your body from going into a catabolic state where your body wants to use your muscle as fuel.
- Protein also helps promote an anabolic state, where it wants to burn fat and keep your metabolism elevated.
So, again, the take-home message for macronutrients combinations if your goal is fat loss is to never eat carbohydrates by themselves (outside of cheat meals) and always consume protein in every meal.
Now, if you like this video, you’re going to love the final one in the series, because the next one is the biggie!
This last one is key because if you don’t have it in place, the first two collapse and the fat loss pyramid simply falls apart.
So check back next week for the final video in this series.