So you Don’t Eat? Wrong. Why you Must eat Enough to Fuel your Body to see fat Loss
I’ve had this conversation with friends and clients many times. When we want to lose weight, we must create a caloric deficit. So this must mean that we don’t eat? Wrong - so entirely wrong!
It’s a known fact that if you are eating a caloric deficit, you will lose weight. If you eat in a caloric surplus, you will gain weight. However, it is important to tune in and listen to our bodies to ensure we are eating enough to fuel ourselves with the proper macronutrients in order to see this fat loss, rather than putting our bodies into fat-storing mode. Today, I’d like to share why you must eat enough to see fat loss.
If we undereat, our bodies fall at risk to a rise in levels of stress cortisol, promoting fat storage to survive. These fat stores often occur in the abdomen, leading to that stubborn belly fat we are often trying to get rid of.
Another side effect of higher levels of stress cortisol is more sugar cravings with a bigger appetite. This sounds like a definite barrier in any stride towards fat loss!
When the body feels it is starving, it will learn to burn muscle before residing to burning fat in order to sustain itself. Any work done in the gym to build muscles (which do burn fat) will be diminished as our bodies are simply trying to survive.
When our nutrient needs are not being met through adequate nutrition, our bodies will often fall into a state of fatigue. Fatigue hurts our bodies as it tries to repair itself from day to day activities and time at the gym - lessening the time it can use to work towards our fat loss goals efficiently. Not to mention the lack of energy during the daytime to push towards our goals themselves!
Not eating enough will slow your metabolism over time. This is often difficult to reverse. A higher metabolism means greater fat loss; a lower metabolism means lower fat loss. When we eat more, our bodies learn that they are not starving and thus will rev up our metabolism. When there is a lack of nutrients coming in, our bodies stress that food is not readily available and will preserve what is eaten by breaking things down at a slower pace.
Sounds obvious that we would want to eat enough, right? Before sticking to any caloric guidelines, it is important to consider the risks associated with the number and think about how you are feeling as a whole. Do you have energy? Are you hungry throughout the day? Are you foggy-headed? If so, you’re probably eating too little and not setting yourself up for successful, healthy fat loss!
Many of my clients in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® have reported that when they increased their daily calorie levels and met their macronutrient goals, they actually found that they were able to lose more fat than ever before. This is a definite win-win in my book!
If you’d like support in eating more to lose more, be sure to reach out! I’d love to help you!