Most of us are eating FAR more than we realize.
Most of us are not very good at tracking our food.
Additionally, most people have never tracked their food whilst working with a nutrition professional properly educating them on best practices.
We’ve been conditioned to believe certain things happen at certain calorie ranges.
Ladies, how often have you heard the magical ‘1200 calorie’ figure throw around?
Know who can thrive on 1200 calories per day? Not many! Very petite women who have progressed there over lots of time dieting, mostly.
A fully matured average-sized adult woman cannot thrive on 1200 calories per day, starting one’s diet phase there is a surefire way to feel absolutely miserable, develop a warped body image, and a warped relationship with food.
Take what we’ve been conditioned to believe is needed, calorie-range wise, to lose weight, add to that our haphazard or totally non-existent experience tracking food properly, and we’ve become quite fearful of reasonable amounts of calories or food coming in daily.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗜 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴:
Hunger/cravings as largest limiting factor
Drastically low step counts
Ongoing overall fatigue
Overeating late at night when ‘toughing it out’ is no longer an adequate strategy (usually never is…)
Burnout/lack of wanting to stay trying
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗜 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗮 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗼𝗻 ‘𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲’:
Increased daily energy
Increased daily step counts
Increased exercise volume
Increased motivation, due to no longer being miserable
Increased sleep quality and quantity
Decreased tendency to overeat late due to lack of ongoing hunger all day long
Decreased tendency to fixate on the scale due to feeling so good they know they can keep going for a long long time
Decreased negative thought patterns when looking in the mirror
▶︎ Food/calories are not something to fear, embracing ‘more’ increases likelihood of success
▶︎ The more energy you are consuming, the more energy you can put into moving your body via NEAT (steps) and exercise
▶︎ Ideally we are forever living/thriving on as much as possible, not vice versa
▶︎ Within a fat loss phase, a deficit is a deficit
▶︎ Consuming 2500 calories per day and burning 3000 = 500 calorie deficit, same as consuming 1200 calories per day and burning 1700 = 500 calorie deficit. One feels great, the other makes you feel miserable.
▶︎ The more you are eating, the better you’ll feel in most every aspect of life.
▶︎ Learning to track properly, with education, support, and guidance, is a great way to prove to yourself how much you are truly capable of thriving on, losing on, maintaining on, etc.
▶︎ It’s likely MUCH higher than you realize, regardless of what you’ve been conditioned to think