Are you eating enough? It’s an extremely common mistake to eat less to loose weight. But have you ever noticed that the fittest people among us eat a pretty hefty amount? This misconception is that people think if they consume less calories than they burn in a day, they’ll loose weight. And to an extent this is true, however you have to do it the right way.
A natural law of life is that bodies that have survived (lived) successfully for a number of year, tend to like to stay the way the are or have been. That means if you’ve been overweight most of your life, your body wants to stay that way because that’s what its used to, that’s your bodies norm. To make changes that will last, you have to start building muscle mass, and fuel your body with hefty quantities of fruits and vegetables.
Did you know you burn more calories chewing celery than you do digesting it? And if you ate an entire stalk of celery I bet you’d feel pretty full. Yet, I’ve had times in my life where I’ve eaten an entire bag of chips and salsa (yes I admitted to indulging sometimes, I love chips and salsa! lol) and still feel hungry afterwords. Well, why is that? It’s because hunger is satiated by quality nutrients from fruits and vegetables, not highly caloric foods like pizza or hamburgers.
I always tell my personal training Clients, when we first start training together, that they should actually gain 2-7 lbs in the first 2-3 weeks. They’ll be gaining muscle and most likely storing some fat over that time. Now why is this a good thing? Your body has been eating a certain way and amount for awhile. And if you’ve been over weight most of your life, that means you have either been eating bad foods or not eating enough. Which means that your body has been storing everything it can because it thinks its in a toxic food environment or a desert with little food, so it stores all it can in case things become worse in the coming weeks. Remember, the stomach does not have eyes, the only way it knows it’s environment is through what you feed it. So in order to convince the body that you are now in a safe and food plentiful environment, you will have to feed it quality foods consistently for at least 2-3 weeks before the body in convinced it’s environment has improved drastically. After that, the body will have adjusted to your new eating and workout lifestyle, and start to melt the fat away even faster. I’ve had dozens of Clients look at me like I was crazy, but trusted the process anyway, and then (after that 2-3 weeks) lose 20lbs or more over the next month or two. One Client lost over 80 lbs in 6 months when he was in his mid-60’s, he’s now lost over 100 lbs and has kept it off for over 2 years.
Eating healthy, eating enough, doing quality workouts, and doing it every day consistently is the only way to get LIFE LONG RESULTS like we all want. People that go straight into a new workout routine to lose weight and pair that with eating less, will definitely loose weight. But as soon as they go back to eating a normal amount again, they will gain ALL that weight back and then some.
Recent scientific studies have shown that the more times your body performs this up and down yo yo weight lose and gain, the harder it becomes the next time you decide to lose the weight. Yo yo-ing with your weight goes against the law of life that bodies tend to like to stay the way they are. So simply put, the more often you yo yo, the harder your body will try to maintain this law of life, to maintain its norm.
So do yourself and your body a favor, do things the right way. Fill up on nutrients, practice movement and get your body communicating, and build that muscle mass!