Have you ever gone on a diet?
If so, it probably wasn't the greatest experience of your life. You felt hungry, you had cravings, and chances are you probably didn't the exact results you were looking for at the end of it, right?
So many people are going on "diets" these days or trying any number of different types of diets to get things rolling when it comes to hitting their goals.
So are Diets a Bad Thing?
The reason I say Diet isn't a Bad Four Letter word is because sometimes a diet is simply just a starting point. It could mean dropping your calorie level down to a certain point so you see results quickly but it doesn't necessarily mean that's where you need to stay for weeks on end to get to your goal.
For example, a few weeks ago I started off tracking with an app called MyFitnessPal at 1500 calories, which is typically pretty low for me, and yes, it was difficult at first and I got a little hungry, but after just a day or two I saw a few pounds were gone and it gave me hope and some more motivation to keep going.
That calorie level isn't something I can maintain though...
Which is okay! I simply stayed there long enough to get some results and then I bumped it back up to where I was more comfortable and can stay at long term (around 1800 calories for me). But at that calorie level I could see some results quickly and that motivated me to keep going, even after I had to bump up a calorie level.
Isn't it dangerous if I go too low on calories?
If you stay there long term it is, yes. But just like with all of the Beachbody programs that focus on weight loss, it starts you with your basic calorie level and then subtracts around 400 to 450 calories for your basic calorie deficit. From that point, once you hit your goal you take away that calorie deficit for your maintenance calories or even bump up your calorie bracket to maintain your weight.
So don't be afraid to go down in calories for a few days to jumpstart things. It helps with motivation as well as seeing results right away. Just be sure to bump back up before you start binging and let your hunger get out of control!
Are you planning on doing a "Diet" this new year? Leave me a comment below with your January fitness goals!
Yours in Fitness,