I still find it interesting to see articles/graphics depicting certain foods to be better for fat loss or weight loss than others.
I mean, it makes sense. After all, not many people will argue with the fact that a chicken breast is better than a piece of cake when it comes to losing body fat.
However, I am not many people, and I will argue with that so-called “fact”.
Here’s the thing – comparing foods side by side is a very misguided way of judging whether a particular food is helpful to your goals or not.
Technically speaking a chicken breast will always be better than cake for fat loss. It has more vitamins and minerals, and it also has more a favorable macronutrient profile (more protein).
But weight loss is only partly a technical phenomena. It’s just as much a behavioral one.
That means we have to consider how what we eat impacts our mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and how those things impact our consistency and ability to maintain a calorie deficit.
Let me give you an example – I’m now 8 weeks into this “cut” of mine. I’ve gone from 196lbs to 179lbs during that time.
I still eat cereal every night and have on average 3 glasses of wine a week. I also have a weekly pizza night and a weekly date night where I eat what I want.
Could I drop the cereal and have egg whites instead? Sure. Could I get rid of the wine and eat greek yogurt in its place? Yup. Could I say bye to pizza and date nights and have chicken breast instead? Absolutely.
Technically speaking all of those substitutions would be better for fat loss. But behaviorally speaking, had I attempted that approach, I wouldn’t have lasted 2 weeks on that plan.
Without prolonged adherence to a calorie deficit there is zero weight loss. And that’s why stereotypical fat loss foods are a fallacy.
The best weight/fat loss foods do exist, but they are the ones that keep you satiated, satisfied, and consistently eating in a deficit.