Thursday, August 15, 2013

This 1 thing could be stopping your fitness progress

What Happens When You Don’t Eat Enough

When people start dieting most people cut calories and increase their exercise, specifically cardio.  This tactic will temporarily work, but for long-term weight loss you have to fuel your body.  This large calorie deficit actually works against you!
Not eating enough calories causes many metabolic changes. The large calorie deficit may work for a few days or even weeks, but eventually your body will wake up and sound alarms that it needs to conserve energy.  Your body needs fat to survive and the large calorie deficit causes your body to think it is in starvation mode and it will save everything you give it.
Not eating enough calories can do the following:
Slows down thyroid production
Decreases muscle mass
Lowers testosterone levels
Decreases leptin levels
Decreases energy levels
Your goal should be to eat as many clean calories as you can and still lose weight.  There is no perfect calorie number because each person’s metabolism is different.  Calorie calculators are a good place to start, but they don’t take into consideration any individual variables.  Most people want the weight gone yesterday and they will try any and everything to drop the weight quickly.  Weight loss is about consistency, commitment and patience.  

You have to remember that it didn’t get there over night and it won’t disappear overnight.  So if you have hit the infamous weight loss plateau or your weight loss has completely stalled, I challenge you to try and eat.  It’s amazing what your body will do for you when it is fueled properly!

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