JUST SAY “NO” TO CALORIE-RESTRICTIVE DIETS
Here’s why you shouldn’t significantly decrease your caloric intake: not only do calorie-restrictive nutrition plans rarely work long term, but they are much more difficult to stick to than simply finding a calorie number that satisfies you hunger wise and is greater than your RMR. Think of yourself as a car and your calories as gas. What do you do when you’re running low on gas? You start trying to conserve by doing things like driving slower, accelerating slower, and turning off the AC. Your body will do similar things if it constantly gets too few calories – something will have to be sacrificed to keep the processes that keep you alive going.
INCREASE YOUR CALORIE OUTPUT
Then, increase your calorie output by a little each week instead of constantly decreasing your intake. It takes 3,500 calories to burn 1lb of fat, right? So, if you continue to eat the same amount of calories but you create an addition 500 calorie week deficit via exercise for 7 weeks, you will lose 1lb of fat. How do you burn 500 calories you ask?
- Cycle for 40 minutes
- Jog at a moderate pace for 45 minutes
- Swim for 45 minutes
- Sprint intervals for 20 minutes
- 1 EXTRA Alloy workout
So, to recap: eating enough and adding some more exercise to your weekly routine will help you achieve your fitness goals!