If you’re counting calories to lose weight, don’t make the mistake of cutting calories too low.
In order to make calorie counting a sustainable habit, you must give yourself a realistic figure that doesn’t leave you starving and also allows you to eat at least three filling nutritious meals.
If you cut too low, you’ll find yourself incessantly thinking about food, having an insatiable appetite and a noticeable depletion in your energy levels. All of these factors are counter-productive to what you are trying to do.
Yeah sure, you might last 5 days…before all hell breaks loose.
Sustainability is probably the most important aspect of any diet and so often overlooked.
As you set your calorie goal, consider starting with a small deficit of 250 calories per day, and tweak as needed if you don’t see any results within a couple of weeks.
Ultimately, determining what calorie goal is best for you boils down to what is most sustainable. Aim for one you can realistically stick to, within reason.
You need to also retrain your brain to know what realistic weight loss looks like (newsflash it isn’t 4lbs a week). It might not even be 1lbs a week. Let’s do the math…
1lb of fat = 3500 calories.
That means, you need to have burned 3500 calories more than you have eaten over a period of time, to lose 1lbs of fat.
So, if your goal was 1lbs a week weight loss, that’s a huge 500 calorie deficit each day – that’s a lot. Most likely unsustainable.
Hopefully you see my point.
You need to retain your brain to think of weight loss as a slow steady journey and decondition yourself out of thinking 3lbs a week is the goal.