In todays day and age we have constant pressures to stop us in our tracks to achieve our body composition goals. Especially at this time of year when parties, beer, prosecco & chocolate are at every turn.
Its a big decision you have to make & its a big commitment, does your job allow it?? Does your lifestyle allow it?? Does your family life allow it?? How are your stress levels?? Do you have the support you need to do it?? There are so many questions you need to ask yourself before you start tracking your food.
CALORIE DEFICIT IS HARD BUT WHAT MAKES IT HARDER?
- METABOLIC ADAPTATION – Did you know that your metabolic rate can take a hit after you lose 10% of your bodyweight (close to 15% drop) this can obviously have a massive impact on your Fat loss journey as it can slow down your progress, resulting in a drop in motivation which is not something we want.. NOTE- There is nothing you can do about this, it will happen to everyone no matter how they lost the weight. It can be slowed down however by doing regular resistance training while in a calorie deficit.
2. TRAINING AND NUTRITION AROUND YOUR CYCLE – I wonder what the stat is of women who quit on their goals because they don’t tailor there workouts and nutrition around their cycle. It happens on a monthly loop which means taking no notice of it will be detrimental to your goals. Luckily PH NUTRITION did a fantastic few posts about it. Give them a read.
3. 1 HOT DAY DOESN’T MAKE A SUMMER – Your preconceived notion that you need to be ‘ON IT’ 24/7 365 days a year. If you’re in a calorie deficit you can eat chocolate, carbs and lose body fat at the same rate. You have unconditional permission to eat. Nothing is off limits but you must know that this could slow down or holt progress depending on calories consumed. The most important thing you can do after days like this is realise that’s it is natural thing and can actually have some physiological and mental advantages to it. Just get back to tracking your calories the next day and get crushing your goals.
I would always advise to take your calories up to maintenance every now and again while you’re in a deficit, it is so important to realise what moderation feels like at your new weight, it will stand you in good stead for when you hit your goals and you are able to maintain your goal weight.