How Many Calories Can You Eat and Still Lose Weight

You’re Not Eating Enough Calories to Lose Weight

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The majority of the time when you’re having a problem losing weight, it’s not because you aren’t making good food choices. The reason your weight loss has stalled is because you’re not eating enough calories to lose weight.

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What Happens When You’re Not Eating Enough Calories?

When most people start dieting, they slash their calories and add a large amount of exercise to their daily routine. That’s fine, but they usually cut their calories way too low. Add in the extra exercise, and all of a sudden you have an extreme calorie deficit that is working against you.
Not eating enough calories causes many metabolic changes. Your body is a smart machine and senses any large decrease in dietary intake. Your large calorie deficit might work for a few days or even weeks, but eventually your body will wake up and sound alarms that it needs to conserve energy. It doesn’t want to just waste away. It needs energy to survive.

So, what does your body do when it senses prolonged energy restriction?

Thyroid Hormone Production Slows
Your thyroid hormone is responsible for fat, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism among other things. Your body has the ability to slow down thyroid output in an effort to maintain energy balance

Muscle Mass Decreases
Muscles need lots of calories to maintain. After a few days of extreme calorie deficit, it is one of the first things that your body gets rid of. Your body needs your stored fat and the muscle can be spared. It breaks down the muscle tissue and uses it for energy.

Testosterone Levels Fall
An important hormone for both men and women, testosterone is just one of many hormones that are affected with severe calorie restriction .
Testosterone is important to muscle tissue. Without it, it becomes that much harder to maintain, let alone increase muscle mass.

Fatloss Hormones Reduce
Leptin, one of many energy regulating hormones. More importantly, it’s a “hunger” hormone that tells you whether to eat or not. High leptin levels signal that it’s OK to stop eating, while low leptin levels are a signal to eat more.

Energy Levels Decrease
There are many physical actions your body takes when you don’t eat enough calories to lose weight, but there are also some mental ones.
Neurotransmitter production is limited, which can lead to a lack of motivation. It’s your body’s way of telling you to “slow down” – conserve your energy.

How Many Calories Should You Be Eating?
Your goal should be to eat as many calories as possible and still lose weight. You always want to start high and then come down with your calorie intake. It’s much easier to do this than increasing calories after your weight loss has stalled and you’ve lost all your motivation.

There is no perfect number. Each person’s metabolism is different. Calorie calculators are a good starting point, but they can’t take into account all your individualistic variables.

The problem is most people want the weight gone, and they want it gone now. Weight loss is a patience game. It takes time and consistency to make it work. Losing 2lbs per week is the most I would aim for. At this pace, it will ensure that the majority of your weight loss is coming from stored body fat instead of muscle. You will also give yourself the best chance to build muscle while you lose fat, which is what you should be striving to do.

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To find out what portion of your weight loss is fat and what portion is muscle, I highly recommend you book in for a body composition analysis session. It will make weight loss much easier if you can hold onto your muscle, or even put some on in the process.

So, if your progress has stalled, but you think you’re eating the right foods and exercising intensely, it’s more than likely that you’re not eating enough calories to lose weight.

Eat as much as you can, get in as many nutrients as possible, and your weight loss will start moving forward again.

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Are You Skinny Fat?

This woman did not get her toned body spending hours on the cardio machines in her gym.
She transformed her body using resistance training methods – weight, bands, body weight.

So, what is skinny fat?
It’s when you diet and reach your goal weight- but you feel like you still need to lose more! You still feel pudgy and soft. You have wobbly bits and want to lose them.

So why are you still wobbly?
It’s because your diet has left you light on the scales, but heavy in terms of body fat! You’ve lost lean muscle and retained fat. More dieting wont help either.

So, how to get rid of the wobbles?
You need to add some serious weight to your workout. You won’t grow into Arnold S- we girls don’t have the hormones to build that kind of bulk.
But you will gain muscle tone, better shape and the BONUS- you will burn more calories- even
while you sleep- so you’ll be able to leave your diet, eat normally and stay in FAB shape.

So add some weight to your workout- there will be no more fast regain when you take a break either. Your training time will drop to less than 3 hours a week and you’ll get faster results than ever.

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Getting Nowhere on Your Weightloss Plan?

Getting Nowhere On Your Diet?
Stuck on a Weight Loss Plateau?
Want Support to Get You Started?

Why You Need Body Composition Analysis with me.
You’ve decided to make some changes, you decide to go on a diet. You plan to start on Monday- because everybody does! It must be a law or something.
Then you follow your plan, if you’re wise you let everyone know so they support you.
You avoid those around you that have NO self control and want to tempt you- they want you to stay like them! (over-weight & unhealthy)
PROBLEM_ after a few days you feel you’re not getting anywhere, you’re waistband is till tight and you feel hungry- ALL THE TIME!

You can’t see any progress because you didn’t record your Starting Point! Seems obvious, right?
But, most don’t weigh or even better measure themselves. They don’t want to know how they’ve let themselves go…..

In my experience you will double your chances of success if you bite the bullet and make proper records.
I offer this measurement and much more….

I will measure your body fat, your hydration level, muscle mass, bone mass and the dangerous fat around you tummy and calculate your Metabolic age- which is a great indicator of your fitness and health.

I won’t leave you with a string of figures that mean nothing to you. I give a report with some ideas and suggestions to get the best progress possible.

After helping many clients – I know that monitoring your journey Bi-weekly plus completing a 3 day diet diary GUARANTEES success!

Get in touch NOW to arrange your Starting Point assessment. It takes 30 to 40minutes. You will benefit from it and realise how to be successful and maybe why you’ve failed in the past.

Starting Point Assessment
7 Day lead time to allow for Diet Diary, Activity, Health & Fitness status questionnaires.
Often your initial assessment will be an option when you choose your Free session included with my transformation plans
Appointments are available daytime, evening and weekends.

First appointment F.REE with your session packs (PT, Fitness, Fatloss & Pilates)
£25 as a one off OR £20 as an add on to your Personal Training, Fitcamp or Pilates membership.

BOOK NOW text me on 07831 680086

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6 Simple Rules For Cheat Meals

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6 Rules For Cheat Meals

1. NEVER ever, ever eat a cheat meal on your own

2. You’re allowed to cheat on 10% of your meals at MOST

3. Your cheat meal window is exactly 1 hour

4. Eat until full, but never more

5. Put your knife & fork down and chew your food

6. Avoid foods that “give you trouble”

After struggling to plan and control cheat meals, I’ve discovered these 6 simple guidelines will allow you to get the maximum benefit from your cheat meal without slowing your progress or putting your long term nutrition strategy at risk.

Mmmm, think I might pass on the personal 9" cake, thanks

Mmmm, think I might pass on the personal 9″ cake, thanks
Let’s run through them quickly…

1. NEVER ever, ever eat a cheat meal on your own: The joy of food is tied very strongly to socialization. Don’t waste a cheat meal by eating it on your own. Also, eating with others provides a bit of natural constraint. You’re less likely to make a total pig of yourself if you’re in polite company. But when you’re on your own you’re more likely to turn into a bottomless pit.

2. You’re allowed to cheat with 10% of your meals at MOST: Out of every 10 meals you eat, only ONE can be a cheat meal. Ideally it’ll be even less, but that’s your max. At first, you should make a tally in your journal just to make sure you don’t go over your limit. But eventually you’ll just get a feel for the natural rhythm of your cheats.

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3, Your cheat meal window is exactly 1 hour:

Just like the 10% rule, this rule quantifies your cheat meals for you. Look at your watch when you sit down and start your meal. When 60 minutes are up- they’re up. You won’t do too much damage in an hour. But it’s so easy to let one cheat meal turn into a day with 5-6 hours of grazing on empty calories. And that can definitely dig into your progress and even set off days worth of cravings.

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4. Eat until full, but never more: This one is tough for a lot of people—especially at first. You go into your cheat meal thinking you have to make the most of it, because you’ll be going back on your “diet” afterward. But that’s not what a cheat meal is about. It’s about variety and letting loose a bit, not about pigging out. At worst, only 9 meals will go by before you get to do it again! But more importantly, you’ll learn to enjoy the process of eating healthy whole foods 90% of the time. Remember, we’re building a new lifestyle, not going on a “diet.”

5, Put your fork down and chew your food: I don’t know about you, but I get downright excited over a cheat meal. So it’s easy to get carried away and scoff your food down like you won’t see food ever again. But that’s daft? Your delicious dining experience is done in 5 minutes flat! Drag it out a bit. Put your fork down between each bite. Savour each mouthful as you chew it rather than swallowing it whole. Take the time to consciously “taste” every bite.

6, Avoid foods that “give you trouble”: If you stop and think about it, you’ll come to realize that certain foods are problematic for you. Maybe you feel sluggish after you eat them. Or perhaps you get bloating or gas. It might be you’ve got some sort of food intolerance or even allergy related to that food. Eating it will cause irritation and lead to both an immune reaction and inflammation in your body. That signals your body to store fat, especially around the belly.

There you have it, 6 rules to live by if you want to cheat—guilt free.

What about you? Share your stories—the good, the bad and the ugly—about your personal relationship with cheat meals. Any tips? Cautionary advice? Let me know…

Jax x

NEWS SHOCKER – Fruit Smoothies

NEWS SHOCKER

This week on National TV

“Don’t use fruit smoothies as they have as much sugar as a can of Coke”

What message are we trying to get out to people?

Are we really telling people that calories are all that matters when you’re deciding how to stay healthy?

Are we really expecting people to understand that this sort of knee jerk reporting is NOT to be taken seriously….

The message should be .. If you rely on counting calories you’ll be making lots of bad choices.. YES – a can of Coke may have the same calories as a fruit smoothie

BUT – the calories in the smoothie come from real fruit, they bring healthful nutrients and important fibre that a can of coke cannot offer.

The hidden end comment of the news Package was .. Eat fresh Fruit Of course everyone will immediately swap from Coke to fruit! The 5-A-Day message has continued for years and has made very little change to our eating habits.

However, these miss-leading, headline grabbing stories help NO-ONE.  I’m very used to calming worried clients down when the Daily Mail runs it’s weekly ‘Health Horror Story’

Come on BBC you can do better….                    Jax Allen Fitness 50/2012

3 Diet Rules U Need To Know

The 3 diet rules you need to know...
 
Ready for them?
 
I like to keep the diet "rules" simple, so here goes...
 
"Rule" 1 - Eat more...
 
Fruits and vegetables
Low-fat and low sugar dairy (like plain Greek yoghurt)
Whole grains (I like quinoa)
Lean protein – Grass fess or wild – free range when possible.
Salads, Mushrooms & Avacado
Beans and Legumes & Seeds
Nuts & Nut Oils
 
 
"Rule" 2 - Eat less...
 
Cereals and sweetened yoghurt
White carbs such as bread, pasta and rice
"Fake foods" like rice cakes
Snacks such as granola bars and wheat crackers
Salty or fried snacks
Vegetable Oils
 
"Rule" 3 - Eat a lot less often...
 
Sweetened drinks such as pop and iced tea
Alcohol & sweetened or lo-cal mixers
Bagels, muffins, cakes and biscuits
Butter, mayonnaise, and full-fat salad dressing
 
Hope this is simple enough to follow and get you started. : )