Why your low-cal, low-fat diet isn’t working anymore

nutrition May 26, 2021

Raise your hand if your crash diet isn't working for you… 

Do you initially lose weight, but gain it all back? 

Do you gain back the weight you lose, plus pick up a few extra pounds? 

Do you feel like you’re constantly yo-yo dieting?

Over time, this vicious cycle gets exhausting , and since the results are fleeting, for most women, it never feels rewarding.

I will be honest with you, there isn’t a crash diet on the market that gives you sustainable weight loss. Most of the women that come into my world are chronically under-eating, and I am not referring to a healthy caloric deficit to lose sustainable weight. 

When I say chronically under-eating, I am referring to eating under your BMR (base metabolic rate) or eating too close to your BMR. Many of my new clients  are eating hundreds of calories under their BMR. Since many of them have damaged their metabolism from crash dieting, they aren't losing weight, and some are even gaining weight while eating so little. 

Crash diets are the root cause of the problem, and I promise you're NOT broken. 

Before we go any further, I want to chat with you about what your BMR is, and why it's so important to not eat under your BMR.  

I'm going to break this down for you in a way that I'm hoping you can truly understand, so let's dive in right now. 

You have an optimal caloric target based on your current goals, age, height, activity level, your hormones. There are several things that really are going to influence how many calories you need to be eating per day. The first number you  need to understand is your Base Metabolic Rate or BMR.

BMR DEFINED: Your BMR is the amount of calories you need to just exist and live. This does not include exercise, your walks, or chasing after your kiddos. This does not include any other movement outside of just truly living, breathing, and your organs functioning. 

If you aren’t sure if you’re eating under your BMR take my BMR/Metabolic damage quiz today. 

If you want to sustainably lose weight and repair your metabolism, step one is determining what your BMR is, and if you’re eating under your BMR. After you figure this out, the next step is determining what your TDEE is and defining that term. 

There is nothing wrong with a healthy fat loss deficit that is safeguarded above your BMR, but eating too close to your BMR or eating under your BMR will cause your metabolism to down-regulate and burn fewer calories. This is what I refer to as a sluggish metabolism/metabolic damage.

Be looking out for my next email about TDEE, and be sure to use my Metabolic damage calculator to see if you’re eating above your BMR. 

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