This is a guest post by Drew.
Today I want to talk about one of the simplest yet most devastating diet mistakes I see people make on a continual basis.
This diet mistake is so common and is so counter-productive to your results in the gym, that it will immediately put you at a fat loss plateau.
Before I start, I want to make sure that you know this is not your fault, since I’ve come across very few diet manuals that actually explain this into detail. If it wasn’t for me making this mistake years ago when I was cutting down for a completion, I would probably still be making this diet mistake today.
So what’s the mistake? CALORIE ADJUSTING!
Say WHAT??? Let’s go ahead and take a look……
So let’s say you’re starting a new diet. After some hefty research, you come to find that your calorie consumption is the most important factor to lose weight. So you find a BMR calculator (basal metabolic rate) on the internet and once you find out how many calories you need each day to lose weight, you subtract a few hundred calories from this number and start to eat this amount of food each day.
So six weeks go by and you’ve lost about 15 pounds. All is well but you suddenly come to find that you can’t lose another pound, no matter how hard you try. You are doing everything exactly the same way you’ve been doing things since you started out on your weight loss journey six weeks ago. You’re still busting your rump in the gym and watching your nutrition closely, but nothing is happening. YOU HAVE HIT A PLATEAU. Following this plateau, you most likely blame it on your diet or workout program. If you come to realize that your diet and workout program are in check, you then start turning to fat burning pills and other supplements and when these supplements don’t work, many people simply give up on their weight loss goals. Sound familiar?
Now although you might THINK that you have your diet all figured out, there is most likely one thing you’re doing wrong that could make all of the difference in the world.
See, when you were 15 pounds heavier, your body burned additional calories, due to the fact that it required more energy. Now, however, your body needs FEWER calories and unless you adjust your calorie intake to your new metabolism, you are going to continue to stay where you are and you won’t lose anymore weight.
Although it might seem like common sense, many people never even consider this incredibly important factor of weight loss. By simply reducing the adjusting your calorie intake to your new body, you can often start burning fat again instantly. In fact, I always get my clients to adjust their calories on a weekly basis, to make sure they never hit a fat loss plateau.
So anytime you hit a fat loss plateau, before blaming the whole world, make sure it’s not something that is in your control first. By simply avoiding this common diet mistake, you can actually avoid most fat loss plateaus and be on your way to weight loss success again.
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