If I’m doing everything right, why aren’t I achieving my fitness goals or weight loss goals?
I have had many clients over the years mention that they’ve been doing everything right with eating well and working hard. They still can’t meet their fitness goals, such as losing a few finals pounds or making gains.
The first thing I usually talk to clients about is nutrition and I ask them to track their food (calories) and have a look at how they’re fueling themselves. Once we gather the data, 4 out of 5 clients are kept from accomplishing their goals due to under-eating and over-restricting their diets.
When we over-restrict our calories, we deny our bodies the energy they need to function properly. This impacts our goals and it can really mess up our metabolism, mood, sleep, recovery, and more. On top of all that, it can force our bodies into conservation mode where we start to hold onto as much energy as possible by storing it as body fat. By over-restricting, we’re actually moving further from our goals.
It’s simply not a sustainable way to create a healthy life. Working out 3-4 times a week and eating less then 1200 calories per day leaves us hungry, unhappy and unable to reach our goals.
I work with my clients to create a small caloric deficit (or surplus, depending on their goals) which is sustainable long-term. Once we move closer to their goals, we make small adjustments to keep the momentum going.