TIP: Shift the goalposts to stay motivated

One of the things dieters forget is that losing weight is a PROGRESSIVE process. That may sound strange, so here’s an example:

Lucy starts dieting at a weight of 125kg. She wants to weigh 70kg

  • She currently eats an average of around 3 500 calories per day
  • For the first three months she eats 2 500 calories per day and loses 15kg
  • She now weighs 110kg
  • She continues eating this way for a further three months and loses only another 8kg
  • She’s around 100kg now.
  • She continues eating 2 500 calories per day and in the next three months only loses 3kg


A diet that started so well, and was adhered to so strictly, STOPPED WORKING!

A diet that started so well, and was adhered to so strictly, STOPPED WORKING!

Well, the thing is, as ‘Lucy’ lost weight, her ‘low’ calorie-intake from the beginning of the diet became relatively higher compared to her bodyweight. You see, a lighter body needs fewer calories per day to sustain itself than does a heavy frame, so she should have eaten PROGRESSIVELY fewer calories as the weight came off.

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So, by the time she weighed 100kg she should probably have been eating 2 000 calories per day to continue her weight loss.

The lesson here is: if you feel your weight loss slowing down maybe you need to think about whether your diet is still the diet of a heavier version of you. You need to shift your intake with your dropping body weight.

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