While I NEVER want to send the message that all people need to be skinny, I know that some people do desire to lose weight. To that end, I want to be helpful in explaining some of the habits that prevent people from losing weight.
With all the misinformation and nutrition myths out there, it’s no wonder people are confused. Here are three big mistakes I’ve observed.
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.
In my next posts 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.
If you’ve never tried us before, you won’t believe what an enjoyable (and effective) workout it is! Get our Intro Special: first 3 classes for $25 now!
Whether you’re at a stage in life where you’re having to hold little children, or you’re noticing your muscle mass declining with age, you know you need more upper body strength. Lacking the strength to physically accomplish what you need to can leave you feeling exhausted by the end of the day. Fortunately, improving your […]
Hey busy mama! If you’re like me, you’d love to always look nice and dress in a way that makes you feel good. But dang if that isn’t hard to do when it takes so much time to shop! That’s why I want to tell you how much I love Amazon Prime Wardrobe and Prime […]