The 5 things to consider before counting the calories
Carrying a few extra pounds? It’s so frustrating to finally shift them, only for you to have to undo the top button on your trousers again, isn’t it? ‘But I’d cut back on calories. It was going so well. Why does this have to be so hard?’ If this sounds like you, you’re far from alone. But before you resign yourself to a life of yo-yo dieting and control tights, here’s something I want you to remember: Calorie crashes = long term weight gain. It’s cruel but a scientific given. Here’s why.
When you cut back on calories:
- Your brain bumps up hunger hormone production. Charming!
- Your body conserves precious energy (aka your metabolic rate slows down).
- Your stress hormones are triggered (whose wouldn’t be!)
- You feel tired, sluggish and less ‘on the ball’. (Your brain uses up 25% of the energy you get from food).
- Self-esteem takes a nosedive.
Bottom line, it’s biology (not willpower) that has the biggest say in your weight longer term.
Over to you
Are you a calorie counter? I’d love to hear how this has panned out for you longer term. Please leave a comment and let me know. If it’s led to yo-yo dieting and energy dips, click here for instant access to How To Master Healthier Habits. It’s designed to help busy mams like you to keep off the pounds.
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