How should I be eating to cut body fat?
As a follow on from our recent article ‘How many calories do I need when bulking?’ we thought we would visit the opposite end of the spectrum and look at how much you should be eating in order to shred that unwanted body fat and get the lean physique you’ve always dreamed of.
What is cutting?
You’ve probably heard the term ‘Cutting’ being used by fitness enthusiasts. This is the phrase used to describe a phase of training they are currently in, and it means to be training and eating in such a way to lose body fat. The purpose of this article is to detail how much you should be eating in order to reduce the amount of fat the body holds.
When you try and lose body fat you need to remember one simple factor and that is, if you want to lose body fat, you need to be eating fewer calories than the body burns on a daily basis. Calories expended during the day needs to be higher than calories consumed or you will never lose body fat. Some people go on diets where they stop eating carbohydrates completely in an attempt to lose fat, and instead replace them with fatty foods, such as avocado, eggs, salmon etc (because that’s what they have been told to do) and get frustrated when the don’t lose any weight. But fat has more calories per gram than carbohydrates, and 9 times out of 10 the individual who has gone on the diet is still not in a calorie deficit so it’s impossible for them to lose weight/body fat. To lose body fat you need to be in a daily deficit of 500 calories — and if you believe that you are, yet you’re not losing body fat, then you clearly not in a calorie deficit — so you either need to burn more, or eat less!
The next section will detail how you should go about calculating how much you should be eating.