“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

Maybe you need to eat MORE

“I just don’t know anymore…I count my calories religiously, and never exceed 1000 per day, but I’m STILL not losing any weight .”

When it comes to weight loss, there are a few people who seem to do everything right but still struggle to lose weight in spite of this. And I’m not talking about the people who SAY they are doing everything right, but then binge eat when they are home alone.

I’m talking about the true ‘dieters’ who reduce calories to tiny quantities, and count them every day, including their drinks and ‘naughty’ snacks, and still fail to lose.

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Does this sound like you, or someone you know? Read on.

You see, it doesn’t make sense that you can eat less calories than you need AND stay overweight, until you begin to think of how your brain sees this lack of food.

If you’re doing this, your brain thinks you’re starving due to lack of food availability, and it protects you by avoiding burning stored calories. So, by eating TOO LITTLE, you’re essentially telling your brain to KEEP THE WEIGHT ON, because you’ll need it when the food finally runs out completely.

So how does one counteract this?

The secret is to eat more. This sounds counter-productive. But remember, weight loss is not a quick process. You can’t speed it up by eating too little. It’s all about balance.

To counteract your body’s perceived famine, this is what you will need to do: You need to calculate the number of calories you need to MAINTAIN your current weight. Do some research on this online, or chat to a nutrition coach.

Stick to a diet of nutritious food that is within this calorie limit so that your brain realises that there ISN’T a famine going on. After a month or so, you can start to decrease the number of calories 200 per month. NOW you will watch the weight come off.

When the weight loss stops, decrease again. Don’t do it all at once. Little by little is much, much better.

Try it. It’ll work.

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