What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose’ is a series of articles dedicated to the seemingly daunting task of losing lots of weight – think 30kg or more. If you are in this boat then this is the strategy for you. Follow the steps week by week and you’ll soon be on the path to a THINNER and (more importantly) HEALTHIER you.

Don’t STOP eating

If you’re trying to lose a lot of weight, you might be tempted to eat as little as possible. And that makes sense, right? I mean, eating less equals more fat used for energy, equals more weight lost.

Well…

That’s not entirely true.

You see, your brain is smarter than you think. Your brain is constantly making decisions on your behalf about how much energy is burned and how much is kept in storage.

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When you eat too little, your brain switches into STORAGE mode, because it thinks that you are in a famine. It starts to store as much energy as possible in case your short supply of food runs out entirely. Basically, your brain tries to ensure your chances of survival for the longest possible time.

But that’s NOT what we want when we are trying to LOSE weight

We want to burn energy, not store it. So how do we do this? The secret is to eat enough that your brain continues to function as though there is no food-shortage emergency. This means you have to cut calories a little, and lose a little weight. Then cut calories a little more. Keep doing this a little at a time until you’ve lost as much weight as you want to.

Remember, the best diets are ones that you can continue for the long term. Eating an unreasonably small amount is not something that you can do for the rest of your life. Having a balanced, healthy, nutritious diet which is restricted to the number of calories your body needs to function optimally is a long-term solution.

Take a look at more tips from the series “What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose” below:

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