4 Questions for Fat Loss

The key to successful fat loss and health, I find, is not related to how much you know but in your ability to action change… or the application of behaviours. I find most people in theory know the basics or can choose between a healthy and unhealthy meal. Obviously, the more knowledge one possesses in understanding how to manipulate internal biochemistry the better results can be gained. But it doesn’t need to be complicated if someone is in good health, has a properly functioning metabolism and no hormonal imbalances.

Through years of trial and error my Body Expert Systems have created easy and simple methods for people to be able to apply positive actions effortlessly. One of the best methods we find is to start by asking yourself a range of simple questions before every meal or when planning meals. These questions will ensure that the meal is going to aid you in achieving your goal and therefore make the choice of whether to consume it or not an easy decision.

For the best outcome one does need to have a clear set of objectives to match the questions to elicit the best possible behaviours.

Below is a list of questions that are a good place to start. Learn these questions and ask them often… they are sure to guide you through great fat loss and improved health & vitality.

Q1. Am I eating real food?

This is the most important question. Calories are not created equal! If you eat the wrong food you can play havoc with your hormones. The “cleaner” you eat the better your body will function and be better able to deal with calories and metabolise fat. Reduce all processed foods and limit anything that has been altered from its original state.

Q2. Does my meal contain enough protein?

Your protein intake determines whether you’re going to lose body fat or lean muscle. (Obviously, you want to lose the first and keep the latter.) So, for this next meal, is there enough lean protein included?

Q3. Does my meal contain too much sugar or starch?

Too many starches and sugars in your diet can prevent fat loss (or even cause fat gain). Sugar can stop your body from feeling full by impeding the hormone Leptin from working. Leptin is responsible for signalling the brain that you are full hence high sugar or starch meals are full of empty calories and regularly result in overeating.

So, for this next meal, are there too many starches, particularly processed ones like bread or pasta? There are specific portion size recommendations based on size, metabolic type and timing of the meal to consider when asking this question.

Q4. Am I eating enough vegetables?

The colours of vegetables are derived from a variety of chemicals called antioxidants. These chemicals are almost exclusively found in plants. They are only present in animal-based foods to the extent that animals eat them and store a small amount in their own tissue. Plants produce these antioxidants to fight free radicals (compounds that destroy healthy cells – basically causing the aging process) and protect healthy cells. Here’s the thing… we do not naturally build shields to protect ourselves against free radicals. Fortunately, the antioxidants in plants work in our bodies the same way they work in plants. We need to eat plants to borrow their antioxidant shields for our cells… our health.

By replacing your grains with greens, you’ll still feel satisfied at the end of a meal while also increasing your intake of fibre and other important vitamins/minerals. Again, portion size is important but let me ask you… when was the last time you heard of someone getting fat from eating good quality vegetables?

Use these questions or develop some of your own to ensure you are putting the right actions and habits in place to achieve your goal.


Phil is a health practitioner and expert in body transformation. His services are available at Star Fitness (starfitnesssaigon.com), online or at your home. Contact him though his website phil-kelly.com or Facebook.com/kiwifitness.philkelly.