It’s barely November and yes, before you know it, it will be Christmas.
Then, obviously comes New Years and you’re making all these promises about becoming a new person and coming to some sort of crazy realization.
You’ll claim this is the year you want to lose all that weight and get back into shape, right?
Who doesn’t. New Year, new you.
Blah, blah, blah.
Get off the merry-go-round.
See, now is the time to get moving on this goal. The reason for this is actually quite simple.
Nearly EVERYONE needs to start working on a reverse diet. I have had less than a handful of clients come to me that are eating in a position where I’m comfortable creating a caloric deficit. Without a caloric deficit, you won’t be seeing real weight loss. That’s just a plain simple scientific fact.
The sad reality is that most of us haven’t earned the right to go on a weight loss journey. Yes, you read that right. If you’ve been undereating for months on end and want to go on another caloric deficit January 1st, I’ll save you the time, it’s not going to work.
The reality is that you can’t take blood from a stone--as the saying goes. You need to treat your body properly by giving it enough fuel for you to push the gas pedal on fat loss.
So how do you do that?
Lucky for you, this is the season of overeating and if you’re in the place where you’ve been chronically undereating, some reverse dieting (aka, controlled overeating) is going to be exactly what will get you to exactly where you need to be to crush your goals in 2019.
Reverse dieting is exactly what it sounds like. It’s gradually adding calories back into your diet after your metabolism has down-regulated over time. For me, when I started at 1,600 calories over two years ago, it was a really slow grind adding just 50 calories per week until I was up over 3,000 calories a day.
Contrary to what society tells us with eat less, move more, we are all drastically undereating. I’ve seen this is countless clients now and many people who have yet to begin working with me. When you’ve been undereating for a prolonged period of time, eventually you stop seeing weight loss and you’re left with two options: 1) go further into a deficit, even if you’re already at what I call poverty calories (less than 1,000 to 1,500 for women and less than 1700 for men), 2) reverse properly so that you’re able to build your metabolism up.
I guess you could stay in the same position you’re in but I’m sure no one has got this far into the post because that’s what they’re after.
So, when it comes to overeating around the holidays, use this to your advantage. No, I’m not saying that you should be eating everything on the table when it comes to festive dinners and work parties. What I am saying is that it’s time to dial in your food quality and gradually start to increase the amount that’s going into your mouth.
First, dial in your macronutrients.
Then start with 50 calories, maybe even 100. You might gain a small amount of weight but hey, I will guarantee you that you start to feel better. You’ll start to take control of your life again and will put yourself in an incredible position for a radical transformation in 2019.
The choice is yours. Take the smart route and set yourself up for success in the new year or continue on the road of mediocrity, feel the same, eat the same and wonder why you can’t see results.
Up to you.
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