Are you wondering why you are gaining instead of losing weight no matter how much you workout and how strict you are with your diet plan?
Hmmmm….these are 5 possible reasons:
1. Are you cutting calories?
To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you’re taking in. (Need proof? Here are six reasons you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.) But there’s cutting calories and then there’s cutting too many calories, says registered dietitian and strength coach Marie Spano, RD, CSSD, CSCS.
When you start slashing calories like a ninja, you might not be giving yourself enough fuel to really hit it during your workouts. “You just go through the motions,” she says. Plus, many people who start off their days severely restricting calories end up throwing caloric caution to the wind by dinnertime. “If you don’t have enough food, you’re likely to encounter sugar cravings later in the day,” says Washington D.C.-based registered dietitian Anne Mauney, MPH, RD.
The fix: Exactly how many calories you need depends on how many you’re burning in the gym, but in general, your caloric deficit (the number of calories you eat minus the number of calories you burn) shouldn’t be any more than 500 per day, Spano says. (You can use one of these cool tracking apps to help you keep tabs.) Aim to consume the bulk of your calories during the first half of your day and around your workout.