Will a High Calorie But Low Fat Diet Help You Lose Fat?

by Suzanne Hiscock

One visitor to FitWatch was asking, “Will a high calorie but low fat diet, and exercise, help me lose fat?”  I’ve got one word for that: N-O.

Remember, fat doesn’t make you fat.  Generally speaking, eating more calories than your body burns will cause you to store fat.  The only way for you to lose fat on a high calorie diet is to exercise A LOT, so you burn all those extra calories—or do a lot of weight training to turn it into muscle.

A low calorie diet (below 1200 for women, 1800 for men) isn’t any better either.  Your body needs calories for everyday use—you even burn calories while you sleep.

To lose fat, you need to create a calorie deficit, by either lowering the amount of calories you eat, by burning more calories through exercise, or both.

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About the Author

Suzanne Hiscock is a PN L2 Certified Master Coach, ACE-certified Health Coach, as well as an ACE-certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. For over 20 years, she's been helping people lose weight and get fit through her website, FitWatch.com.

And she’s really TRULY SORRY ABOUT THAT. You see, she didn’t realize she was contributing to diet culture; she just wanted to help people feel better. But losing weight isn’t the way to do it. She’s on a mission to change all that with an anti-diet approach. So, pardon the dust on the floor as the website gets revamped.