𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘴.
I see this a lot with clients and have been guilty myself too. We leave ourselves a little ‘wiggle room’ and consistently under-eat with hopes that maybe weight loss will be a teeny bit faster.
Maybe it’s a fear of eventually overdoing it and binging.
Maybe it’s a lack of hunger.
Maybe you’re not planning ahead and fall short each day.
Or maybe you simply hope by eating a bit less you’ll lose more.
Whatever the reason, very rarely do I see the scale actually going down faster. In fact, it usually doesn’t move much at all.
𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐮𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬:
You can’t sustain your ‘targets’, think weight loss is too difficult and give up.
You overeat or binge out of plain old hunger, restriction, and actually throw yourself into a surplus instead of a deficit.
Your body adapts to your lower intake, doesn’t move or burn quite as much, and your metabolic output slowly decreases over time, meaning you need to eat less to lose the same amount.
𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘪𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴? Were a little more satisfied? Let your body adapt to eating more?
You’d probably be happier, healthier and better able to see things through over the long term.
Friendly reminder, the goal is not to be dieting and under eating forever, it’s to reach your goals slowly & sustainably, slowly start to eat a bit more, and maintain happily for life.
𝐍𝐨 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐝.