“I’m ready to lose this weight… yesterday!”
This is a common statement I hear from people when I first start working with them. I get them started on their new healthy lifestyle, they are losing weight and feeling great… and in their mind it makes sense… I don’t want to wait… I want to lose this weight faster!
So, they start making tweaks to their plan without telling me. Their progress begins to stall. And as I probe them for more info, I find out… they have NOT been following their plan! They’ve not been eating enough and cutting out very valuable calories and nutrients.
When you are on a journey to lose weight, your goal should be to lose about 2 pounds each week. Keep in mind, when you first start a program, it is quite normal to lose more in those first weeks, but it is mostly water weight, not fat. Your body will eventually level out and if following a good plan, you will lose about 2 pounds per week.
Losing 2 pounds per week means you are at a calorie deficit of 3500 calories a week through eating less and exercising. That equates to a 500 calorie deficit each day. It is a safe, effective, and healthy way to lose unwanted pounds!
But, what happens when you eat too FEW calories?
Your body starts to feel it is in a crisis and it naturally wants to protect itself. So, if you are eating fewer than 1000 calories a day regularly, your body will begin hoarding fat as a fuel source so that it can protect your muscle. Your body will naturally use glycogen for fuel, then fat, then protein. It doesn’t want to get to the protein burn because then it is burning and wasting muscle. So, to prevent all that from happening your body will slow down its metabolism and start storing fat.
If your goal is to lose weight and burn fat, the last thing you want is for your body to STORE fat!
There are more benefits to following a healthy eating plan of at least 1100 calories a day… you are more likely to keep off what you have lost because you learned to eat in a healthy way. The downside to “crash diets”, meaning diets that are restricting calories to under 1000 a day, is that once the diet ends… so will your results… and most likely you will gain all your weight back. Maintaining a diet of less than 1000 calories isn’t sustainable. You will quit eventually. And when you do, it has been statistically proven that you will gain most, if not all or more, of your weight back.
So, faster isn’t better when it comes to weight loss. Trust the process. Be patient in the process. And enjoy your results!
Just remember, nutrition is just 1 of the 3 basic pillars of health you need to get and stay healthy. And as always, if you need a little extra help, schedule your free call with me. I would love to help you in your journey to getting healthy and strong!