When most people start to think of losing some weight or working on their fitness, they think that means exercising more and eating less. Exercising yes, but eating less?
Hmmm... aren’t we also taught to eat until we’re full, but not to gorge ourselves? You know, make sure we have healthy balanced diets. Nowhere in that does it say we should be eating less.
If you’re not fully convinced yet, we have proof as to how eating the right amount, not less, will actually help you reap you the most benefits.
One woman seeking a healthier lifestyle went through her own discovery of how to reach optimum health and fitness... and it started by putting more calories on her plate.
Madalin Frodsham made 2016 the year she would strive for her fitness goals.
She started on the Kayla Itsines` high-intensity workout plan and lowered her calorie intake.
Months went by and she wasn’t seeing the results she was expecting.
She decided to contact a nutritionist.
They told her that she wasn’t eating enough calories and macronutrients.
By not getting what her body needed, she was preventing herself from reaching her fitness goals.
Madalin had been eating only 800 calories a day, and she thought she was being healthy.
Turns out she actually needed to be eating at least 1500 calories a day to be healthy.
She wasn`t getting enough protein and carbs.
After speaking to her nutritionist, 50% of her diet became carbs. "I was eating about 10% carbs before and could not fathom how 50% carbs would not make me fat. I also freaked out at all the calories."
Increasing your calorie intake sounds scary to some, but it shouldn’t.
Nikita Kapur, R.D., dietitian at Compass Nutrition explains how undereating can poorly affect your weight loss goals: "If your body gets less calories than it needs to function, it can go into a conservation mode where it tries to hold on to as much energy as it can."
Robin Kaiden, R.D., nutritionist and personal trainer at Robin Barrie also adds how your body can actually turn on itself:
"Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. If we don’t get sufficient carbs, our bodies will eventually use the protein in our muscles as an energy source."
By the second week of Madalin’s improved diet she was eating 1600 calories and feeling better.
"Sometimes I may forget to eat lunch just because I got busy and for a second I will revert back to old thinking, and think `ohh, I`ve done really well today and haven`t eaten much at all.` That`s why I love tracking my macros. It will tell me `Maddy, you need to eat more. Go eat 3 potatoes`."
Once Madalin started eating the 1800 calories her body needed, she started seeing the results she always wanted.
Remember though, everyone’s body is different so 1800 calories a day might not be what works best for you. If you`re looking for assistance with your goals, contact a professional like Madalin — you never what you could learn. You can learn more on the next page.
Robin Kaiden, R.D., says that a person`s basic metabolic rate and average level of activity has a lot to do with how much they should be eating.
"Bottom line? Each person is so different with varying calorie, macronutrient, and micronutrient needs."
"If you’re under feeding yourself in an effort to lose weight, don’t do what I did for so long," said Madalin.
"Don’t waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes. Eat more and get fit. It actually works."
It`s all about finding out what works best for you, but this is what we do know:
Undereating doesn`t work... and it sucks.