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Is a Slow Metabolism REALLY Holding Back Your Weight Loss?

diet and nutrition Oct 17, 2019
 

Does it feel like no matter what you do, you just can't seem to lose weight?

Are you on a low calorie diet, exercising frequently, and still seeing no results?

Do you believe you might have a slow metabolism that is holding back your weight loss? 

As an online training and nutrition coach with an expertise in metabolic rehabilitation, this is a conversation I encounter frequently. All of the above are definitely signs that your metabolism could be slow. 

HOWEVER, there are a couple of things to consider to be absolutely sure this is your problem. To confirm this is truly your issue and pick the right game plan for your goals, you need to ask yourself the following questions.

Are You Tracking Your Food?

First and foremost, if you're not tracking your intake, you can't TRULY be sure you're on a lower calorie diet. Most people drastically under estimate how much they eat in a day. And it's not your fault!

A single serving of peanut butter (32g) has almost 200 calories in it. That's just 2 tablespoons. Little things like this add up quickly and you might not even realize how calorically dense the food that you're eating is. It might not look like a large portion but still provide significant calories. 

I also hear a lot of "I am eating all healthy foods. I don't eat sweets or junk food. And I still can't lose the weight!" While it's wonderful to have a diet rich in nutrients, you can STILL gain weight on nutrient dense foods if you're eating too many calories.

This is another reason why it's important to track your intake. Foods like bananas, avocados, and nuts all have high nutrient content but are also high in calories. It's not sufficient to just cut out foods deemed "junk" or "unhealthy" or "bad" (which I don't recommend eliminating anyway.) 

Are You Tracking But Also Taking "Bites?"

As we learned above, the little things do add up. If you're taking a little bite of this and a little bite of that throughout the day without tracking all those little bites, you might be off by hundreds of calories on your daily intake. 

If you want to be ABSOLUTELY positive about your current intake, it's important to track EVERYTHING. 

If weighing and tracking every day just isn't your style, I recommend pre planning your meals and prepping the portions ahead of time for the week.

Ultimately, tracking is necessary for the woman who wants to see the most efficient progress towards her fitness goals. 

Are You Being Honest with Yourself About Your Daily Activity Level?

If you're sitting all day, it's going to be significantly harder to take weight off. 

Combining a calorie deficit with moderate to intense exercise is going to help you reach your goals with the least amount of suffering. In other words, you won't have to rely entirely on lowering calories consumed to make the change. 

If you ARE working out, ask yourself if you're using your time productively in the gym. 

It might be useful to use a Fit Bit or something similar to better understand what your current workout regimen is actually contributing to your goals. 

My Metabolism is Slow. Now What?

If you could honestly answer all of these questions and confirm that you are in fact eating low calories and exercising sufficiently, it is time to consider a new game plan: the reverse diet. 

I discuss reverse dieting more here. 

In short, it's a strategy for gradually taking your daily calories up over time while minimizing fat gain. If you've been stuck at low calories for a long time in an effort to keep your weight down, this strategy is for you! 

I would love to help you rehabilitate your metabolism so you can keep losing weight without painfully low calories or endless hours of cardio.

Click here to apply for customized training and nutrition coaching so we can work together to transform your metabolism, your body, and your life.

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Click here for Client Success Stories from women just like YOU who used this program to lose fat and repair a slow metabolism that's been holding them back.

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