How to Eat Anything and Burn Fat

Chocolate brownie  - eat anything and burn fat

Good food is one of life’s best pleasures. But so is being fit and lean. You don’t have to choose one or the other, though—you can eat anything and burn fat (or stay lean, or build muscle). Any healthy person can do it, and there are no exotic supplements, drugs, or extreme exercise regimes needed. Here’s how you can have your donuts and eat them too.

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Should You Count Calories?

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Calorie counting is a finicky business. It means weighing food, looking up databases, nutrition label reading, and keeping track of everything consumed. It’s a lot more effort than merely eating whatever we feel like, and adds a layer of complexity to life that many people find unwelcome.

But is it even necessary?

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The Best Fat Loss Diet

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Carrying too much body fat sucks. When you make up your mind to lose it you want it gone yesterday, so naturally you want the best fat loss diet.

And what makes the best fat loss diet? Obviously it’s the one that enables the most efficient and maximal weight loss, right?

It seems self-evident, but it’s the wrong focus and normally leads to complete failure.

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Reverse Dieting & Metabolic Whiplash

Joseph Westrupp after reverse dieting

Reverse dieting is possibly the single most important thing for permanent leanness. With my history of yo-yo dieting it really did change my life, and it’s now one of the key concepts in my whole approach to physical development.

But it’s not well-studied, so using it is a matter of experimentation. My own testing has shown a possible unpleasant surprise—a sort of metabolic whiplash if you will. In the following I’ll explain what it is and how to deal with it to avoid setbacks.

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The Dark Side of Staying Super Lean

Joseph Westrupp—staying super lean

Being ultra-lean is fun. Even beyond appearance, it means that a lot of planning and effort paid off, and you’ve achieved something extraordinary. However, staying super lean is rare, and it’s very common for all that work to be lost in a post-diet fat rebound.

It happened to me many times so I experimented with ways to keep body fat low. I found it can be achieved, but also that if you push it too far for too long there’s a price to pay.

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Fast Fat Loss Best?

Joseph Westrupp after diet

Losing fat slowly makes sense. The idea is that through small reductions of calories we can avoid shocking our bodies into holding onto fat and instead gently coax it off over time. An attempt to fly under the radar of our starvation defenses, if you will.

It’s great in theory, but not so great in practice—millions of years of evolution mean the human body isn’t so easily tricked.

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