If your goal is fat loss and your diet works for you it's not because of a crazy formula, secret food or shake - its because in some way or another, you have restricted your calorie intake. Meaning, you were eating fewer calories than your body needs to lose fat.
That’s the start, middle and end of it.
Diets don’t work for most because they teach you very little in how to sustain your results.
You don’t learn much, if anything at all.
You just follow the plan in front of you and hope for the best.
Whether you’re on a points system, carb ban or not eating until 1pm all you are doing is putting yourself into an unintentional calorie deficit.
But, when you stop counting points, eat carbs and stop following the plan, the weight starts to creep back on.
You are no longer eating in a calorie deficit
Before you know it, you end up back at square one left scratching your head as to how that happened.
Do you know how much protein is in a chicken breast or steak?
How many calories in a cookie?
How to track your food intake correctly and accurately?
This is where Slimming World and others fall down.
They just give you a big list of foods with syns or points and say eat this and don’t eat this and don't have too much of this.
The logic is there and it does work FOR SOME but they could do a better job at supporting you when you reach your goal or help to educate you on how to continue making progress on your own instead of mindlessly following a plan and hoping.
Regardless of what diet you are on, you can only lose fat if you’re in a calorie deficit and the EASIEST way to know is to track your food on a daily and weekly basis.
MyFitness Pal will help you do this and don’t tell me you don’t have time. You;’re probably reading this on your phone and then spend 5 mins scrolling.
Take couple mins to input your food for the day.
Here is a simple process to follow that will help you lose weight and maintain your results,
1️⃣ Take some measurements. Arm, leg and belly button circumference is a good place to start.
2️⃣ Track and hit your calorie target every day for 4 weeks.
3️⃣ Re-take your measurements
If things have gone in the right direction, rinse and repeat 1️⃣ and 2️⃣. Don’t change ANYTHING just yet.
If things haven’t budged, reduce your calories slightly or increase your activity Lebel a bit.
Rinse and repeat
1. By doing this you are in CONTROL of your calorie intake. Not hoping or wishing on something magic method to work
A calorie deficit will help you to lose body fat so it’s sensible to track your calories.
You manage your finances on a monthly basis and would dream of letting it go to shit. Same goes for your calories. Your calories are your BANK
2. You are learning and EDUCATING yourself
When members track their food they always come back to us and say they are amazed to see what is in the foods they eat as they had no idea there were so many calories and they are not actually worth it.
You start to learn what works best for you ands fits best into your life and schedule.
This way you are always in CONTROL and have the tools art your disposal to keep making awesome changes.
We are with our members every step of the way to help them understand how to manage their diet and expectations.
Following a meal plan can be controlling ands restricting for some.
Be flexible with your approach and Give yourself permission to still incorporate the foods you enjoy, you just need to track them :-)
If Slimming World has worked for you and continues to work then RINSE & REPEAT
If it’s not broken don’t fix it.
If, however you are struggling and unsure of where to start click below to download your FREE copy of our Nutrition E-Book