Why Can’t I Lose Weight After Cutting Calories?
This is a common question from dieters. They drastically cut their calorie intake, but don’t lose weight. The simple answer to this question is that your body is used to a certain amount of food. When it doesn’t get the amount it’s used to it assumes there’s a famine going on. And because your body cares more about keeping you being on a diet, your metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories) slows down. This is the famine response, your body’s natural survival mechanism. Your body doesn’t know how long the famine will last so it slows down your metabolism to conserve energy. Your body holds onto its fat stores for dear life, for as long as it can.
Think of your metabolism as a fire, and food as the wood that feeds the fire. Without wood (food), the fire (your metabolism) dies down. To optimize your weight loss, keep your metabolic fire at a comfortable burn by eating small healthy meals and snacks throughout the day.
The other culprit: Guessing. Unless you are weighing out all of your food portions and keeping a food diary of every calorie, there’s a good chance you’re actually eating more than you realize. You have a better sense of what you’re really eating when you write it down.
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