Saving Your Calories Will Help You Lose Weight

Coffee

Drinking black coffee in the morning can help you lose weight

By: Snow, The New Modern Man Contributor | Snow Training Systems

Imagine getting everything done that you want to get done. Think about getting lean in a more efficient way, and being better in the gym. Saving your calories will make you a better man. That is what fitness is all about, right?

We train at the gym because we want to improve our bodies. But what happens when we aren’t at the gym? I’ll tell you what happens…this is when most people screw up. We are taught in grade school that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is a myth that a lot of people believe. Breakfast has nothing to do with body composition. Total calories consumed is what will determine a person’s body composition. It doesn’t matter if you are the greatest guy in the world or a scumbag. If you eat at a calorie surplus, you will gain weight. If you eat at a deficit, you will lose weight.

Knowing this, the most common mistake people make when dieting is eating their calories too early. What if, instead of eating our calories too early we saved them for night time, or later in the day? It would be easier to sleep, to get more done during the day, and to lose the body fat. Here are some tips to help you save your calories.

Calorie Saving tips:

  • Drink black coffee 2-3 cups
  • Drink sparkling water
  • Wait 5-6 hours after waking up to eat

These three tips will help most people save their calories throughout the day. Saving calories will make it easier to stay in a calorie deficit. If we stay in a calorie deficit during a cut, the fat loss will come off faster.

Another way to do this is to eat a tablespoon of peanut butter before your first meal. This tip will help keep hunger at bay for at least one more hour. By doing this you can push that first meal back even further. You can also have the peanut butter after the first meal, but, this way will help keep you full longer. Remember that it is only 1 tablespoon of peanut butter – this is where a lot of people mess up. They eat too much peanut butter, and then they don’t finish the day with a calorie deficit. It is important to keep that in mind.

Another useful tip for this is to keep busy during the fasted state. This is the greatest opportunity to get things done, go to the gym, write, run errands. Don’t even think about food until you have been awake for a minimum of 5 hours. If you develop discipline you will notice it will be easier to focus and to be productive.

Productive

Staying busy can help take your mind off eating

Being Productive

To be a better man you simply have to be productive. During the fasted state it is important to not consume any calories at all. This style of eating is more instinctual, it is about eating when you are truly hungry, not when you’re bored. I have made this mistake several times. If you catch yourself getting bored, start doing a task immediately.

Once you start doing a task, your mind will be occupied. For those who think this method will cause them to lose strength, that isn’t the case. You will notice a focus and mental alertness during the fasted state. It actually helps in the gym, as you will be triggering the sympathetic nervous system. This is what makes us alert. The gladiators of the past even ate like this.

There is nothing unusual about fasting, it is completely normal. Just forget that you are fasting. This will forge a healthier relationship with food. Again body composition has to do with total calories. This fasting style is a useful tool to help manage calories. It also helps with hunger. When you start fasting you will notice when you are really hungry. The gladiators of the past, who are a lot tougher than modern men ate this way. They learned and trained themselves to deal with hunger. Learning to deal with hunger is a valuable skill that anyone can learn.

Sometimes your body isn’t even hungry, it is only releasing cortisol and adrenaline. It is important to identify when this is happening as it will toughen the mind up. Having a weak mind is a huge issue for the modern man. By following this method for eating you will notice more toughness, if you avoid complaining. Keep the gladiators in mind when you think you are hungry. The gladiators ate a lot less than we do and they had to fight for their lives and for glory in the arena.

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Rice and beef for dinner is recommended when following Snow’s diet plan; chicken is an alternative

Eat Later in the Day

It is important to remember to keep this eating style to yourself. If you tell everyone what you are doing, some people will disagree and their opinions will guide you in different directions. Fasting works great for saving calories. By eating a big meal right before bed, this helps people sleep better. If you sleep better you will have more energy the next day, and you will recover better from your workouts. Here is a sample day of dieting, for someone who wakes up at 7 a.m.

Sample Back Loaded Diet:

  • Morning 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 2-3 cups of coffee, water, diet soda
  • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: 1 tablespoon peanut butter: 180 calories
  • Lunch 2-3: 1 cup of white rice, 1 serving of ground beef: 550-600 calories
  • Dinner 7-8 p.m. : 1.5 servings of ground beef, 2 cups of rice 900-1100 calories

This plan is for someone who wakes up at 7 a.m. It spaces out the calories in a way that has the man or woman eating more at night. If you aren’t hungry at 7-8 o’clock, wait until you get hungry to eat. All that matters is creating a calorie deficit. People who aren’t losing body fat are usually counting their calories incorrectly.

The above diet is a sample eating day. If you prefer to eat chicken instead of ground beef, do that. If you prefer yellow rice instead of white rice, eat that. Feel free to eat potatoes instead of rice. The most important factor is shifting the calories to later in the day or even at night so it can be easier to sleep, and ultimately create a calorie deficit in a more efficient way. Remember, if you want to replace peanut butter with avocado, that’s perfectly fine. What’s important is eating good fats to stay full and make the diet easier. If you are full and don’t want to eat, it will be easier to lose body fat.

People say to not take the easier road. That statement is true, this style of eating is just more efficient. Efficiency is very important when it comes to results, so take the most efficient route for you. Saving your calories for later in the day will make you a better man.

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