“What’s your biggest struggle in terms of health and fitness and fat loss?” I asked her.
(A telephone call last week.)
Her response is a big fat lie……and this is why.
Your metabolism is NOT linear. You don’t have a FAST or a SLOW one. It’s inherently unbalanced in all of us. This is part of its function and how it helps us survive. It adjusts constantly to everything we do.
You eat less, or more, and it responds and adjusts. You exercise more or less and it will react. You encounter stress, have sleep issues, get ill, age, become pregnant, go through hormonal changes, etc and it responds.
“So why do I never seem to be able to burn fat even when I’m being super good?”
There are, of course many reasons this could be happening. Most are behavioural and non are down to genes!
The number one mistake almost all dieters make is an unchanging program.
Think about it. You start a diet and your metabolism changes after a few days and weeks to adjust. And then you do what? Keep doing the same thing?
No wonder you’re falling. You have to adjust as well!
How often have you started a new program, perhaps eaten less and started running more and see some good results in the first few weeks? Then things have slowed down. You’ve continued to eat less and run more ( for as long as you can bear it) in the hope that things will change? They don’t. You get really pissed off. You give up!
A few months later, a few pounds heavier (a bit more lethargic and more pissed off), you try another approach. You eat more “good stuff” and lift more. It works!!!! For a while. It slows down. You continue to do the same in the hope that things will change again. They don’t. You give up……..
It’s INSANE right?
So what’s the answer?
To beat stubborn fat you need to work with this natural ebb, flow and ever changing nature of the metabolism.
KEEP SHAKING THINGS UP….
That steady state run that you’ve been focusing on? Great, if you goal is to run a 5, 10, 21 km marathon…..But if you goal is fat loss? There are much better, time efficient ways to do it… And less dull.
That weight routine you were given at the gym 2 years ago? Is you body still having to work to adjust to the overload?
That eating plan you started back last summer. Did you reach your goal? Are you now in maintenance? Are you happy continuing to eat that way forever? Yes? BRILLIANT! You should not be reading this! You should be writing a similar blog. But if you’re still wanting to shed some pounds and its not working sticking to the same eating plan….CHANGE IT!!!
And if you’re not sure what to change and when, get some expert help!
On that note…
Hop on board and find out just what need to be changed to get those results you really want.
How would it feel to enjoy looking in the mirror?
To feel energised?
To have THAT glow?
Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach