Here’a a story about two friends who decided to see who knew the best way to get skinnier.
Sarah believed it was all mind over matter and that all you had to do was cut our carbs and fat to lose all the weight you needed. It was just a matter of self-discipline and calories in and out.
Katherine on the other hand hated to diet but still wanted to lose her excess body fat. She was tired of having no energy and having to continuously buy bigger clothing sizes just like her friend Sarah.
Sarah began by totally cleaning out her kitchen and getting rid of all the high carbohydrate and high fat foods. She stocked up on low sugar, low carb and low fat products so that she wouldn’t have to think about food choices. All the products were clearly labelled with serving sizes and calorie counts so keeping within her calorie target would be easy
Katherine also cleaned out her kitchen, removing a lot of the same foods and items, particularly high sugar and processed foods. She then sat down to plan the meals she’d be cooking for the next week. Katherine didn’t love cooking, but thought that fresh meals would keep her more satisfied. Finding quick to prepare meals from scratch turned out to be easier than she thought.
Sarah didn’t have to waste any time planning out her meals, because with only low fat, low carb and other ‘clean’ foods in her kitchen, it didn’t really matter what she chose as long as she stayed within her calorie target.
A week later and Sarah had indeed lost weight. She was pretty hungry though but it was worth it when she jumped on the scales to see over 4kg gone already.
Katherine had lost 1.5kg and was a bit disappointed about that, but on the other hand, was enjoying the new meals she was cooking and certainly hadn’t been hungry.
Skip a few weeks and Sarah isn’t quite so happy. She’s still winning the weight loss race, but is upset that in no week since that first has she lost anywhere near as much. In fact, last week, she had only lost 300g. But in total, her weight loss stood at 3kg more than Katherines – pretty impressive! Training was going just okay, with Sarah feeling her energy slump over the past couple of weeks and she was also having trouble sleeping some nights.
Katherine was behind in the weight loss stakes, tipping the scales at just over 4kg gone. But, she was feeling really good. Training was going well and she was feeling fitter and stronger and ready to increase her training sessions from 3 to 4 per week.
Onwards another couple of weeks and both Sarah and Katherine’s losses had slowed. They’ll both need to make some more adjustments to keep losing more weight.
Katherine decides to add some walkng and easy jogging to her exercise routine and to cut back on her serving sizes of nuts and greek yoghurt because she feels that she’s probably overeating them anyway.
Sarah defintiely doesn’t want to increase her exercise because she feels too tired already, so she’s going to have to cut back on her food intake instead. So breakfast is going to have to go. She’s not that hungry first thing anyway, unlike in the afternoons when she’s starving most days and it takes all her willpower to not raid the biscuit tin at work.
Her cravings are getting worse, but she thinks about Katherine and how she knows that her way is better. “I’ve got this” she tells herself- again.
Into week 7 and the work Christmas Party comes up. Katherine decides to take the evening ‘off’. She’s going to have dessert and a few drinks.
Sarah decides that this is her chance to increase her lead on Katherine and chooses drinks but no dessert for her evening out.
But you can guess what happens can’t you? Sarah loses all her will power on about the 2nd drink. She starts with the garlic bread and ends with the cheesecake. It just feels so good and the drinks are going down a treat well into the morning.
On Sunday, and 3kg heavier, Sarah loses it. She scoffs into a huge breakfast and the whole packet of low carb biscuits she’s had in the pantry. “What’s the point?” she says as she orders a large cappacino and a piece of mudcake?
“All that suffering and I’ve put nearly half back on overnight!”
When Katherine wakes, she also gets on the scales. She’s put 2kg on, but knows that rapid weight gain like that can’t possibly be fat. “It’s just fluid caused by the alcohol and the sodium in my restaurant meal. A day or 2 back on track and it will be gone”
I won’t continue the story because you know how it ends.
How many times have you been Sarah?
I bet you haven’t even lasted the full 7 weeks like my friend did. Yep, there’s a real person behind that story who’s name is not Sarah but who knew better than me about losing body fat.
Needless to say, ‘Katherine’ continued on to lose almost all of her excess body fat over the next 7 months and has kept most of it off since – a full 3 years ago.
There Is A Smarter Way
Any time you start a plan, all calculations are estimates. You WILL NEED to make adjustments along the way.
Your level of daily activity, your individual metabolism, your stress levels, your sleep patterns and your actual fitness level all play a role in your own special needs. And there’s no way that we can calculate this without testing it out.
And even if the initial calculation was perfect for you at the start, a smaller you needs less calories to maintain so you need to leave yourself somewhere to go with that once you’ve lost some weight.
Everything you do, including your training and just being you needs less energy when you’re smaller – remember that when things slow down.
If you start with the most aggressive ( and unrealistic to maintain) plan, you have no where to go. Not to mention that you’ll be hungry, cranky and have no energy.
Through my experiences over the past 8 years with hundreds of clients, I know that there is nothing inherently wrong with rapid fat loss. There is a smart way to achieve it though that goes beyond will power and suffering.
Making smart and maintainable lifestyle choices is the only way that you’ll lose all your excess fat AND be able to keep it off. And better health, energy and fitness are all side effects worth achieving.
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