Weight Loss and Why You’re Doing it WRONG!

When it comes to weight loss there is no one size fits all solution, we are all different. To be successful in your weight loss efforts, you need to find the plan that works for you!

How often have you had a friend offer up a nutrition program they’re following, and you take it for gold?


How often have you thought, “You know what? Becky with the good hair is looking amazing! I wonder what her secret is!?”   


Most likely, Becky will be more than happy to give you her “secret.” (Side note: Nine times out of ten her “secret” is some sort of fad diet that is far from sustainable.) The problem is, Becky’s secret might not work for you.


Suppose Becky did it right: she went to a professional to get blood work done to understand her body and found out the necessary macronutrients needed to reach her aesthetic goals. Becky’s plan is still tailored to BECKY. It’s not tailored to YOU.


So, what does this mean?


It means all of us are different, our bodies each need different things to reach specific goals.


Following Becky’s nutritional plan might be like putting AAA batteries into your remote that takes AA batteries. It’s not going to work.


So what should you do?


Let’s change your initial statement from “Becky with the good hair is looking amazing! I wonder what her secret is?” to “I want to lose weight and I want to look great!”


This is a far more productive statement and something I support completely because this would be something specific to YOU.


Ideally, the first step you would take is to get in touch with a specialist. It’s important to have someone who understands that weight loss programs are as individualized as the client themselves and knows that no two nutrition plans are created equal. They can run diagnostic tests to understand your unique body chemistry and recommend a plan that will work specifically for you.   


That said, not everyone has the resources to take that route. If that’s you, do not despair!


There are basic concepts everyone can understand and begin to implement that will help them find a solution that works for them:


  1. Understand the Basics: Calories in vs. calories out. We’ve all heard this. It’s the essential breakdown to be able to calculate a safe deficit of your body’s metabolic rate. It’s the formula you use as the foundation for your nutritional plan.


  1. Water weight, fat mass, and lean mass. Fat is water-soluble, and increasing your water intake (most people are in the first stages of dehydration and don’t know it) will assist with fat loss. *Note: Coffee and tea are not water. Caffeine increases your body’s need for water. Water is water. Get enough, don’t be stupid.


  1. Safe weight loss rates. On average it’s safe to lose about five pounds of fat mass per month.  This may vary slightly from person to person depending on their situation, but losing 15 to 20+ pounds a month IS NOT HEALTHY. That kind of dramatic weight loss can potentially damage the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, and other organs. Understanding a safe and reasonable rate of weight loss will help you set realistic expectations and survive the process!


  1. Write it down. It sounds simple, but writing down WHAT you eat, and WHEN you eat it can give you insight into what you’re putting in your body and how it is received. TIMING and QUALITY of food play a major role in weight loss. Even what you eat healthily, if the timing is off you could be sending your body into an insulin release that is counterproductive to weight loss. In simple terms: eating the right thing at the wrong time will cause your body to gain weight instead of lose it.


The take away from all of this is that we are each different; what works for one person will not work for another. If you’re trying to lose weight, you have to find what works for YOUR body.


Remember, it’s going to require effort! You didn’t gain the weight overnight, and you won’t lose it overnight either.  Stay the course. Understand you’ll have good days and bad days, and make sure there are more good days than bad.


Lastly, don’t ever blame mistakes on being human because you can be more than just human, you can be a fucking champion!


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