"One of the biggest misconceptions about weight loss is that you will begin to lose weight right away..."
Weight loss is a tough subject, no matter who you talk to. Most of our clientele reaches out to us for weight loss programming as a way to help them feel better physically, emotionally and mentally; three aspect of health that we feel strongly about! While the idea of "eat less, exercise more" to lose weight may *seem* straight forward and to the point, it is almost always much more work than it might seem to take. Nine2Fit is a constant reader of Stronger By Science, a service provided by experts in the field, and will be using one of their recent articles on how weight fluctuates depending on your activities, or lack thereof!
One of the most common misconceptions and frustrations about weight loss is that when you start dieting, you will begin to lose weight right away. This myth is perpetuated by numerous fad diets that come and go, with most promising to get you to lose X lbs within 30 days, or a similar time period. The reason that this time period is so popular is because as long as you begin changing your intake drastically, your water storage level will begin to change almost immediately, often within the first week. This is because most Americans have a carbohydrate dominant diet (many of our clients, when first starting, have as much as 85% of their diet consisting of carbohydrate) and when carbohydrates are stored, large amounts of water is stored with it when it converts to glycogen. When watching your weight change, use weekly check ins, rather than daily check ins, for this very reason.
The second most common problem with weight loss goals are food intakes and the logging of them. With great applications such as Fitbit and MyFitnessPal, it has never been easier to log your food intake and keep track of your calories coming in. However, many studies show (linked at the bottom) that participants will often under-report their food when attempting to lose weight, and over report when attempting to gain weight. This can be due to not understanding portion size, or simply a subconscious choice. In the end, make sure you are using a food scale, and do your best to log your food. In our experience, over-reporting your intake by about 10% will help you be more accurate and reach your goals in a healthy manner.
Our last note to be made is understanding that everybody is different, and will react to dietary changes in their own way. This is not to say that some people simply cannot gain/lose weight, but that different types of diets often work better for different kinds of people. Exercise and health is rarely a one size fits all. Because of this, it is important to to combine a unique strength training program (to increase muscle mass and calories burned at rest, especially important for female clients) and a unique diet program that results in the fitness goals of the client. General rules of thumb such as focusing on protein intake, high intensity training, and micro nutrient needs will almost always be a recurring theme. Keep in mind that changing your weight takes effort; your body will (usually) naturally curb your appetite or increase it depending on your daily energy expenditures. Be intentional with your actions and you will see that changes you want.
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