Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight can be really hard, especially for women. With all the misinformation and nutrition myths out there, it’s no wonder people are confused. Here are three big mistakes I’ve observed throughout my work helping thousands of people to lose weight.
Mistake No. 1: Dieting
Yep. If you set out to lose weight by temporarily “dieting” – eating less food and/or eating different foods than you plan to once you’re done with your diet – you will not lose weight.
Every size body requires a certain number of calories to sustain. If you’re my size, you require about 2,400 calories a day. If I had less mass, let’s say I was much shorter, I might require only 2,000 calories per day. So you can see if you cut calories to get down to a certain size, you have to continue to eat that number of calories to maintain that size.
If your plan is to temporarily eat certain foods (like a diet program where you buy their food) or plan to severely cut back on calories for a bit, that won’t work. As soon as you go back to eating what you ate before, you’ll get back to the size that you were before.
Really, the worst thing you can do is yo-yo like this. Because when you lose weight, it’s typically about 25 percent lean mass. Once you gain it back, it’s all fat. So each time you lose weight and put it back on, your body fat percentage gets higher.
Also, with extreme calorie cutting your resting metabolic rate(RMR) may plummet. Your RMR is the amount of calories that your body needs to sustain itself; it’s dependent mostly on your size and is also influenced by your body composition (fat vs. lean mass). If you’re starving yourself, your body will get the message that food is scarce and will begin to spare fuel by burning fewer calories. You don’t want that.
Later I’ll be sharing the second and third biggest mistakes that prevent you from losing weight.
Have you learned your lesson trying to “diet” and having it backfire? Share with us in the comments below.
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