As you may already know Brad Pilon and John Barban’s Reverse Taper Diet is based on the theory of fat availability. In this post, we are going to explain a few things about fat availability.
What is fat availability?
To put it simply, there is a maximum amount of fat that your body can burn every day. The more pounds of fat you carry, the faster you can lose fat. The thinner you are, the less fat you can lose every day. In fact, there is even some research that proves this point.
So, what is the optimal way to diet?
First, let’s take a look at the wrong way to diet.
The typical scenario is the following:
You start a new diet and at first everything is fine. You lose some weight, maybe 3-4 pounds or more in the first few weeks. But after this initial surge, you usually experience a weight-loss plateau or you may even put some weight back on. Then, you decide to eat even fewer calories, so as to jumpstart your weight loss. But, nothing happens. At this point, most dieters start to believe that there is something wrong with their body. Maybe they are in “starvation mode” or their metabolism is crashing or maybe they have thyroid problems. However, in most cases, there is nothing wrong with their bodies.
Slow weight loss is completely natural. Body fat is simply stored energy. When you eat fewer calories than your body needs, the body tries to cover the deficit by “drilling” calories from your body fat. But, what happens if your body fat is low? In this case, your body will have hard time keeping up with the deficit and you will end up feeling tired and lethargic, and possibly even lose muscle mass.
The correct way to diet is to create a larger calorie deficit at the beginning and a smaller calorie deficit as you get leaner.