Struggling to lose weight? You need to read this!
I see my folks struggling to lose weight. A lot of times where people run into trouble is from preconceived notions or things that they have read. Things that they’ve got stuck in their mind that should be true but are just not true.
Day after day after day, they’re fighting against knowledge that they have stuck in their head.
It creates stress, drama, anxiety and demotivation.
I think that it’s one of the things that blocks people off from having the type of fitness that they desire, that they want, or that they envision for themselves.
Where Should Your Focus Be?
One of my clients text me earlier. She’s in her 40’s, and was 180 pounds in high school but now she’s down to around 130 pounds.
She was a bit irritated because her weight had been bouncing around so much due to going on vacation and having family visiting. But this is what happens when you eat off plan, eat inconsistently with your goals or when you eat carbohydrates and refined sugars.
This client has a BMR, basal metabolic rate, of 1300, which is the amount of calories she should burn without exercising. She’s burning an extra 500 calories a day according to her Apple Watch, and she’s not eating past that, yet she’s still struggling to lose weight.
When you consume carbohydrates, you force more water into your muscle cells and into your fat cells. You’re going to carry a bit more weight if you eat more carbohydrates on one day than in the previous three days.
People that follow me know we go through that process all the time to make sure you understand why the scale does what it does, so it doesn’t drive you crazy. But her mind had just taken it a step further. She couldn’t believe she was gonna have to pay so much attention to food.
Her mind is stuck on that 1300 calories of that basal metabolic rate.
Let’s Be Realistic For A Minute
How many of you women under six feet two inches, could eat 1700 calories per day and lose weight?
Even if you were eating controlled carbohydrates and controlled sugars. How many?
How many of you ladies out there from 40 to 60 years old could lose weight eating 1700 calories?
You might be able to, but it would take a long freaking time. Can you imagine deficiting like 100 to 200 calories per day? That’s 700 per week. That’s not even 20% of a pound of fat. It would take you five weeks to lose one pound.
Can you imagine?
Five weeks to lose one pound?
So, I think our brains are just a little bit set up for failure with all those numbers are in our head.
Every label we’ve ever read for our whole life says based on a 2000 calorie diet. But I will tell you 2000 calories a day for a woman who’s not six foot two is a one way ticket to 200 pounds. And beyond.
So to get this in our head, we just eat too much.
Consider that 900 to 1200 calories is more of a normal consumption. Especially for fat loss.
If we can get it in our head, that maintenance even looks like 1300 to 1500 calories, if you’re exercising.
So I know that that seems so crazy to think if you want to maintain your weight, you really can’t eat over 1500 calories for an average size woman. But that’s the kind of thing that I want you to consider. I want you to consider that we’ve just been brainwashed in the wrong direction.
The next thing that comes out is the fact that you need carbs.
There Is So Much Contradiction Out There, It’s Easy To Get Confused
There was a suggested post come out on my Facebook the other day, and it was called Macro Zone, or Macro Z, or something like that.
At first I thought, well great! It’s a new app that helps people track their macros.
Then I looked at one of the questions in the suggested app comments. It asked, ‘Can I do this on a keto diet?’ And the comment from the Macro Z representative was, ‘No, no, no, we prefer and choose to follow a much more balanced and sustainable approach.’
Well I’ll tell you what they’re gonna sustain… They’re gonna sustain their weight.
This notion blows me away and I don’t know if the people are making all this up. I think the people recording this on paper are doctors and athletes and they’re working together in cooperation not considering the population of regular people from 40 to 60 who don’t work out 2.5 hours a day.
This is where I want to bust out my:
Naked and Afraid Analogy
They put two people, a man and a woman, out in the middle of somewhere like the Amazon jungle, or the African Congo, or some place down in South America with nothing.
And they’re naked.
They have a knapsack, a fire starter and a machete.
Do you ever think, after those guys haven’t eaten for like three days, that they run around that jungle saying, you know what would be good right now? Carbohydrates. I just need carbs. I feel like my energy’s down, I need some carbs.
After watching one episode you’ll see they never, ever mention the word carbohydrates as the first macro nutrient they need. What do you think they say every single time?
Protein. They need protein.
Their brains get foggy and their bodies start to break down. They need protein.
They start to get less energy, they need protein.
Do you follow me?
Listen to the two people out in the middle of the freaking jungle, who haven’t eaten for three days, on what is necessary for human operation. Protein!
Protein is an essential macro nutrient.
Carbohydrates are not an essential macro nutrient. But they can be helpful in certain situations like the carbohydrates from green leafy cruciferous vegetables, which are absolutely incredibly valuable to your body. The fibre. The vitamin A, the vitamin C. The potassium.
I just want you to consider, the next time you say you need carbs. No you don’t! You want carbs, but you don’t need carbs.
Ok, if you are a high level athlete and you just got off of a four hour, 60 mile bike ride, you need carbohydrates. I’ll give that to you. You need carbohydrates to operate at that high of a heart rate for four hours in a row. Yes.
Which brings me to my next myth. This is gonna offend some people but it annoys me more than almost anything that I hear.
‘I Don’t Want It To Be A Diet. This Is A Lifestyle.’
I have never heard more bullshit in my whole life. If you’re following me, and you suffer from what I suffer from, we’re either on a diet or we’re getting fatter. Those are the two choices.
You don’t have to say that to impress yourself, to impress other people, to make other people think what you’re doing is ok.
Oh, this is not a diet. This is a lifestyle.
The quicker that you accept that we’ve been sold a line of bullshit, that we can get to this normal lifestyle of fitness where we want asparagus more than pancakes and go run five miles in the morning and we don’t even think about it any more, it’s just how we live.
That’s total bullshit.
Don’t fall into the trap that you’re not on a diet, and that this is a lifestyle of fitness.
It’s okay to be on a diet. It’s okay!
I recognise my condition. I recognise my shortcomings. I recognise that I need to do some things on a daily basis, to have the things that I want with my health and fitness. I’ve got to journal. I’ve got to pray. I’ve got to coach. I’m doing my 100 days of Crossfit.
I’ve done 100 days of meditation, running three miles a day and 100 push-ups a day.
I’ve got to have that challenge. And so I’m bringing that solution to you because I know that it worked for me and for people like me. We need to be excited. We need to be motivated. And we need to know that it’s okay to live like this. So I got your back.