So many of us have a goal to lose those extra pounds, and often we also think in order to lose those extra pounds we must slash our calorie intake. This is false. It is possible to eat too little and this will make it harder to lose the weight you want.
Did you know your body requires a certain amount of calories just to stay alive? This is your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Your BMR is the number of calories for normal body function and rest. There are several BMR calculators online that can help you to determine the calories a day you’ll need to maintain or lose weight.
Keep in mind that severely slashing your calories can cause your metabolism to slow down; therefore your body preserves every calorie instead of burning them. Metabolism is a chemical reaction that maintains the living state of your cells and your body. A well burning metabolism means you’ll lose the weight you want.
If you have cut your calories and are experiencing symptoms such as lethargy, moodiness, constipation, or you cannot lose weight, you are eating too little.
Your body is fueled by the food you eat, to keep your energy levels (and metabolism) high you must be getting your daily carbohydrates, protein and fat.
Getting cranky? Carbohydrates are particularly important when it comes to your blood-sugar levels and mood stabilization.
Not using the toilet enough? You may not be getting enough fiber in your diet, and not enough food means your digestive system moves more slowly.
Can’t lose those last five pounds? Your body could be in self-preservation mode. Cut your calories by smaller deficits and you’ll see the pounds start to drop again.
When cutting calories remember that eating a diet of healthy proteins, fats, fruits and vegetables is still important. If you’re feeling challenged when it comes to cutting calories and eating the right foods, set up a consultation with Natatia. Natatia can assist you in putting together a nutritious and tasty meal plan!
I'm Natatia Gemmell.