‘When I started coming to the gym I lost a lot of weight, but now I can’t seem to lose anymore’
‘I’m already being really good with my diet, but can’t seem to make any progress’
‘I can’t lose weight, but my diet is really good already’
All of these lines plus many more are what I hear time and time again in both the gym and in daily life. As a Personal Trainer, people tend to ask you ‘What do I need to do to lose weight?’ point blank at any given moment, most of the time when you’re least expecting it (The most random one was at 2am in Walkabout on a Saturday night).
And nearly all of the time the reason for their lack of progress is the same – They are not eating enough and their metabolism has slowed down.
Not Eating Enough???
Yes as odd as it may sound quite a lot of people, particularly women, tend to UNDER EAT most of the time with the occasional blow out at the weekend. Allow me to explain.
Let’s take an average person. Say hello to Ruth who is middle aged and wants to lose weight for her up coming holiday and for life in general.
Ruth joined the gym and made some good progress initially. She lost a decent amount of weight, but that progress has now stalled and doesn’t know what to do. She is already going to the gym 3-4 times a week and says she is very good with her diet.
Upon questioning, I discover that she is drastically under eating and has a very low appetite. This impacts her in two ways.
Training and Metabolism
One way it impacts her is it doesn’t give her a lot of energy in the gym and the quality of her training is poor. So she may very well be physically going to the gym regularly, but is she making that time count? Most probably not.
The second and most important way it impacts her is the negative effects the severe reduction in calories has had on her metabolism.
When calories are significantly reduced in one go, you will certainly lose weight in the short term because you’re eating a lot less than you used to. But after a while your body goes into survival mode and slows down its metabolism to ensure that it doesn’t eat away at itself. This is where the reduced appetite comes from and is a great indicator of a slow metabolism.
So How Do We Go From Here?
What Ruth needs to do now is increase her calories and adjust her training to make sure her metabolism is firing on all cylinders again. Sure, the first few days might be a bit of a struggle in terms of eating more food when she’s not hungry, but in the long run it will be worth it.
Changing to more metabolic friendly training as well will also make a big impact.
And there you have it. Are you eating a very small amount each day and not losing weight? Well now you know what the problem is!
Iconic Athletics offer a fantastic online coaching service which gives you all the tools and support needed to build your metabolism back up and get you losing weight and into shape.
Within the online coaching packages we do not offer just a simple programme and expect you to get on with it. You will have access to:
- Fully Bespoke Training Programme that changes as you progress
- Nutrition Support and Macronutrient calculations (To be recalculated as you progress)
- Weekly check ins
- 24/7 support
- Motivational support
- Help with developing the right mindset
- Lifestyle support and how to fit you diet and training around your busy life
- 100% money back guarantee should you be unhappy with the service
For more details, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.