If some is good, then more must be better. If I lose two pounds a week by cutting two hundred calories a day from what I normally eat, I will surely lose four pounds by cutting six-hundred calories a day. I am here to tell you that this is not how sustainable weight loss works. I guarantee you that you are going to get tired of eating a 1,000 calories a day and when you finally decide to eat like a human, you are going to gain all the weight back that you lost plus five more pounds. Plus if you lose weight by drastically cutting your calories, when you try to lose weight in the future it will be more difficult.
Yes, quantity matters! To lose weight you must burn more calories than you take in. No one will argue that. Everytime you put your body in a deficit (burning more calories than you take in) you are sending a signal to your body, “beware we are running low on food”. Your body gets prepared for food to be scarce. It slows down your metabolism in order to hold onto and use wisely the goodness that you are giving it.
Let’s say your metabolism is like a fire in your fireplace. Yes, it is still winter and cold out. Warmth is all I can think about. Let’s say the fire is already going and providing warmth, but you want it to burn through the night. In order to do that, would you stop providing wood for the fire to burn? Would you close the doors that cover the fireplace so it is unable to get oxygen? Probably not, right? If you did... the fire would go out…...That is like your metabolism. Stop giving it food and nutrients and the fire of your metabolism will take a nose dive off a cliff. What if instead you added added wood on a regular basis to the fire when it looked like the fire was burning low? What if you kept the doors to the fireplace open to provide the fire with lots of oxygen? Do you think the fire would make it through the night! Hell yeah. Let me ask you another question what if you wanted to game the system and you decide to dump all the logs you had portioned for the night at once…...how would that work for you? Yes, you would get a massive fire in the beginning but chances are it would burn out well before the end of the night and you would have nothing left to keep the fire going.
Think of your metabolism as the fire. The logs of wood as food and oxygen as activity or exercise. By providing your body with food and activity on a steady basis you will keep your metabolism burning hot!!
Here is the problem that most people have with this. There is no life hack or quick way to sustainable weight loss. It is a process that takes time. Just like the process that it took you to gain the weight in the first place. Most people do not gain 10 lbs in a month. Let me ask you a question, if I told you that you could lose ten lbs in a month but by three months you will have gained all the weight you lost back plus five more pounds or you could lose ten pounds over four to six months but you would keep that weight off forever…..which would you choose? Oh and by the way with the second option you weren't restricting your intake into oblivion. Option 2 seems way more appealing doesn't it. Slow and steady is the way to go.
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