Yesterday I showed you how our daily habits can get in the way of staying on track with our caloric counting.
Sure… most people think they are doing it right. I’ve been in that situation too. But I can remember many times in which I was trying to lose fat but something wasn’t working right. It just seemed as I’ve been sitting in the same spot for weeks.
The first problem was that I was incorrectly tracking my caloric intake:
- I was not using a digital scale
- I forgot to count certain foods
- I wasn’t following a plan
- I somehow forgot to count my calories
- I ate foods that were making it impossible to know how many calories they contained
- I was going overboard caloric wise without even realizing I was doing it
But when I fixed these problems, fat loss seemed to go smooth. And through all my years of dieting, I learned a mindset lesson I’ll be teaching you right now. A lesson that can make the difference between long term constant progress and short term results that don’t stand in time.
When I diet, I always think about how can I eat as much as possible while I still lose fat.
This is it.
You should do the same.
In my opinion, most people start with the wrong mindset. The mindset of scarcity.
They set their mind that they have to eat little to nothing in order to progress. And they try to do that for a while. And that’s one of the main reason why there’s something called “WEIGHT REGAIN”.
People go through excessive caloric cuts that last as long as there’s willpower. But at the slightest demotivation or lack of willpower, only 1 binge-eating is necessary to offset or sabotage any progress done.
When they try to lose fat, most people cut out foods that have fat, carbohydrates, eat as less as possible. They want the so called drastic weight loss. They want to see results as fast as possible.
And that’s the problem. Sustainable fat loss is done in time. Successful body transformations come with constant work, motivation, and patience.
In my country, there’s a saying: “Haste makes waste”.
It’s exactly the same with fat loss. Do it too fast, and you’ll hit a dead end in no time. Do it just the right way, and you’ll get constant results.
Why it’s a BAD idea to cut down calories too much and eat too little food:
- Your energy will plummet – not only your energy levels will go down overall but any physical activity you plan on doing will become harder to sustain due to this lack of energy. And as you will learn in the training chapter, if you don’t sustain a high intensity in your weight loss training program, you risk losing muscle mass.
- When your fat loss stalls, you won’t be able to cut down calories further to progress because they are most likely already at the lowest they can be
- You’ll get hungry and being consistent with dieting will become harder and harder as day pass by – this means you’ll eventually give up to binging
- Your sex drive will most likely go down by A LOT – this happened to me too in the early phases of my first dieting attempts many years ago. Whenever I tried to diet down with too low calories, my sex drive was non-existent
- When and if you reach a lean look, you’ll be more prone to binge eating, and regain all the weight back – this is one of the main reasons why most people can’t stay lean once they reach that state. But you won’t have to worry about this because I’m here to help you make educated choices
ACTION PLAN FOR TODAY
- Review this lesson: http://getfitmindset.com/topic/setting-up-your-caloric-intake-for-optimal-fat-loss/
- Make sure you are following that set caloric deficit, and don’t try to go lower than that – we are aiming for constant progress towards a body transformation, not a botched job
- Go inside the facebook group, post your favorite healthy recipe, and tell me if you’ve managed to hit your caloric intake. Also, if you went overboard, tell me why do you think that happened