How To Eat For Fat Loss This Summer

by James Eacott

How To Eat For Fat Loss This Summer

As summer approaches, many people look to shed excess fat to feel more confident and comfortable in their skin. While exercise is important, nutrition plays a pivotal role in fat loss. Understanding how to eat for fat loss can help you achieve your goals more effectively. This article will delve into the key nutrition habits and strategies that can support your fat loss journey this summer.

Shedding a little fat pre-summer can boost self-confidence

Understanding Caloric Deficit

The foundation of fat loss lies in creating a caloric deficit, which means consuming fewer calories than your body burns. This deficit forces your body to tap into stored fat for energy, leading to fat loss over time. To achieve a healthy and sustainable caloric deficit, it's important to focus on both the quality and quantity of the food you eat. Here's how:

  1. Determine Your Caloric Needs: Before you can create a caloric deficit, you need to understand your daily caloric needs. This can be calculated using online tools that factor in your age, gender, weight, height and activity level. Once you know your maintenance calories, aim to reduce your intake by 500-750 calories per day for a gradual and sustainable fat loss of about 1-1.5 pounds per week.
  2. Monitor Your Intake: Keeping track of your daily caloric intake can help you stay within your target range. Use apps or food journals to log your meals and snacks. This practice can also help you become more mindful of portion sizes and food choices.

Focus on Macronutrients

A balanced diet that includes the right proportions of macronutrients—carbs, protein and fats—is essential for fat loss. Each macronutrient plays a specific role in your body and contributes to your overall health.

Complex carbs like oats are great for helping you lose fat

  • High Protein Intake: Protein is crucial for preserving muscle mass during fat loss. It also promotes satiety, helping you feel full for longer periods. Include lean protein sources such as chicken, turkey, fish, tofu, legumes, eggs and low-fat dairy in your meals. Aim for 1.5-2g of protein per kg of body weight
  • Complex Carbs: Carbohydrates are your body's primary energy source. Choose complex carbs like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes which provide sustained energy and are rich in fiber. Fiber is particularly important for fat loss as it aids digestion, promotes fullness and regulates blood sugar levels
  • Healthy Fats: Healthy fats are essential for hormone production and overall health. Include sources of unsaturated fats such as avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil and fatty fish like salmon and mackerel. These fats can help you feel satisfied and support your fat loss efforts

Emphasize Whole Foods

Whole, unprocessed foods should be the cornerstone of your diet. These foods are nutrient-dense, meaning they provide a high amount of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients relative to their calorie content. They also tend to be more filling and less calorie-dense compared to processed foods. They include:

  • Fruits and Vegetables: Aim to fill half your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. They are low in calories but high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Incorporating a wide range of produce can help ensure you get a diverse array of nutrients
  • Whole Grains: Swap refined grains for whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, oats and whole wheat bread. Whole grains are more filling and have a lower glycemic index, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce cravings
  • Lean Proteins and Legumes: Choose lean cuts of meat, poultry and fish and incorporate plant-based proteins like beans, lentils, and chickpeas. These options are lower in saturated fat and can help support muscle maintenance and fat loss.

Hydration and Its Role

Water. A bit boring but super-important

Staying hydrated is often overlooked but plays a significant role in fat loss. Water is essential for various bodily functions, including digestion and metabolism. But not all liquids are created equal (obviously!):

  • Drink Plenty of Water: Aim to drink at least 8 glasses (64 ounces) of water per day. Drinking water before meals can also help control your appetite and prevent overeating
  • Limit Sugary Drinks: Avoid high-calorie drinks such as fizzy drink, fruit juice and any extra large frappacino with an extra caramel shot, whipped cream frappe (you know what I mean!). These drinks can add a significant amount of calories without contributing to satiety. If you want to lose fat, opt for water, herbal teas or black coffee

Mindful Eating Practices

Mindful eating involves paying full attention to your eating experience without distractions. This practice can help you enjoy your food more and prevent overeating.

  • Eat Slowly: Take your time to chew your food thoroughly and savor each bite. Eating slowly allows your brain to register when you are full, reducing the likelihood of overeating.
  • Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your hunger and fullness cues. Eat when you are genuinely hungry and stop when you are satisfied, not stuffed.
  • Avoid Emotional Eating: Recognise the difference between physical hunger and emotional cravings. Find alternative ways to cope with stress, boredom or emotions, such as taking a walk, reading or practicing relaxation techniques.
  • Ditch the TV: It's amazing, the difference between eating at the kitchen table vs infront of the TV. When I eat in front of the TV, I finish my meal and realise I've little idea what I've actually eaten, let along enjoyed and savoured it! Save the TV for later - instead, come around the kitchen table and eat together!

Journalling what you eat really helps keep your fat loss jouney on track

Smart Meal Planning

Planning your meals and snacks ahead of time can help you make healthier choices and avoid impulsive eating.

  • Prepare Balanced Meals: Each meal should include a source of protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and plenty of vegetables. This balance will provide sustained energy and keep you satisfied
  • Healthy Snacks: Choose nutrient-dense snacks such as Greek yogurt, nuts, seeds, fruit, or cut-up vegetables with hummus. These snacks can help bridge the gap between meals and prevent overeating
  • Portion Control: Be mindful of portion sizes, even when eating healthy foods. Use smaller plates and bowls to help control portions, and avoid eating directly from large packages
  • Don't Shop Hungry: This is a big one for me personally - never do a supermarket shop on an empty stomach! My choices are always so much worse if I'm hungry while shopping


Eating for fat loss requires a combination of creating a caloric deficit, focusing on balanced macronutrient intake, emphasizing whole foods, staying hydrated, practicing mindful eating, and smart meal planning. By adopting these nutrition habits, you can support your fat loss goals and enjoy a healthier, more vibrant summer. Remember, consistency and patience are key—sustainable changes in your eating habits will lead to long-term success.

Other Articles

Your Stories

Inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers