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 PN1 Nutrition Coach, ACE-certified Health Coach, as well as an ACE-certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. For over 16 years, she has been helping people lose weight and get fit through her website, FitWatch.com. Whether it's with one-on-one nutrition coaching, nutrition programs or courses, and tools or calculators, she can help you to eat better, move more and believe in yourself.