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Let's Keep It Real: Come To Terms With These 5 Harsh Facts Before Starting A Fat Loss Journey

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Losing fat isn't rocket science, but it sure does take a lot of heart and will to completely transform the body. 

Just like we keep the sugar coating away at MensXP Health, this article lists out 5 truths about a person's fat loss journey.

1) It Takes Time

Heard the saying that good things take time? This holds especially true when it comes to dieting and achieving low levels of body fat. The process is not that quick. All those 6-weeks to shred or 12-week transformation programs do not really work. At least not in the long term! You may end up losing a lot of body fat during this time if you resort to extreme measures, but these so-called transformations won't stick.

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2) You Will Lose Some Of Your Lean Body Mass

Not too good to read, I know.  But as your diet progresses and you get leaner and leaner, some of your lean body mass will be lost. The speed of your fat loss will also determine lean body mass losses. The faster you try to strip your body fat/weight off, all the more lean body mass would be lost.  That is because it is easier for your body to break down muscle tissue for energy when energy intake (calories) is severely restricted.

3) Your Energy Levels Will Be Lower 

As your caloric intake would be restricted, your body will do its best to save as much energy as it can.  That is because your body sees your fat loss diet as a starvation signal and adapts accordingly. The survival mechanism will kick in and your body will reduce its energy expenditure both consciously and sub-consciously.

This means, making you a bit lazier and subconsciously making decisions like taking the elevator instead of the stairs. Not moving from the chair for longer hours during work and so on.

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4) There Will Be Progress Plateaus 

Getting to single digits of body fat is not smooth sailing. There will be periods of stalls and plateaus during your diet and these are the most testing periods. This will be the time, when you will be tested and will find yourself asking if it really is worth the effort? It will suck seeing those plateaus and your mental resolve will be tested to a very great extent during this phase.

5) Tracking Will Become All The More Important 

The measures that are relatively unimportant during the beginning of your fat loss journey will soon become all the more important as you keep progressing. Bodybuilding or achieving body fat levels of bodybuilders or physique athletes is hard. As you get leaner, all those tiny details like food measures to the accurate gram, cooking oil to the gram, tracking of calories, tracking of body weight, tracking of measurements, tracking of daily steps walked for your NEAT levels, etc. will hold a lot of importance.

Author bio:

Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

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