The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.
In Part 1 of this article series, I explained:
In this second part, I’ll explain how to interpret and utilise your bodyweight data from the beginning to the end of a fat loss phase in order to diet and maintain the results successfully.
As stated in the previous article, the only data that matters in the context of muscle gain and fat loss is your bodyweight average per week and/or per month, which is what I’ll be referring to in the rest of this blog post.
Passion provides purpose, but data drives decisions.
To achieve any goal, you need to collect and analyse data.
Without it, you wouldn’t know
In other words, without data, you can’t make the right adjustments to your plan.
You could still accomplish your goal, but you’d probably run into one of these two scenarios:
However, having data isn’t enough to secure effective and efficient results. Inconsistent and unreliable data, or data that you’re interpreting incorrectly, can be just as damaging as the absence of it.
For example, with fitness goals such as fat loss and muscle gain, a common mistake is to focus too much on day-to-day fluctuations on the scale, which are normal, and too little on your average weight increases or reductions over a longer period of time, which is what matters most for these fitness endeavours.
This multi-part article series will provide you with the knowledge to assess your bodyweight data in order to achieve fat loss or muscle gain.
In Part 1, we’ll delve into:
In the rest of the series, we’ll cover how to adjust your diet and training protocol in response to changes in bodyweight.
What’s wrong with extreme dieting and hard-core fitness plans is that they don’t take into account the rest of your life.
95% of diets fail, so diets don’t work.
… Or do they?
If you take a look at the scientific literature, there’s actually plenty of evidence to the contrary. For example, we know that diets inducing a caloric deficit are effective for fat loss regardless of whether they’re high in fats, carbohydrates, or protein.
In other words, any diet can work as long as it involves a caloric deficit.
The real problem is maintaining the resulting weight loss.
For instance, a review of nearly 30 long-term studies on weight loss and maintenance in the American population showed that more than half of the weight lost was regained within two years, and 80% was regained within five.
For this reason, experts consider maintenance of 5 to 10% of your weight loss “a great achievement”.
But why is it so hard not to put weight back on?
When a new client signs up for online coaching to lose fat, what often stands out to me is their mindset: In their experience, a diet is a short-term, excruciating “eat chicken breast and a green leaf for every meal” endeavour, not an attempt to change their lifestyle for the better in the long run.
After a few weeks or months of this torture, they go back to the same way they were eating before, regain weight, start another diet, and so on.
This vicious cycle is unfortunately common because most diets give you rules to stick to, whether you like them or not, instead of habits that you can incorporate into your long-term lifestyle.
This article is perfect if you haven’t had much luck maintaining fat loss after your previous diets, because it does exactly what those diets didn’t do: It teaches you five habits you need to have in place not only to lose fat, but to keep it off, too.
If you’ve been spinning your wheels with countless diets for as long as you can remember, you don’t want to miss this one.
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
Spoiler alert: Yes, it’s possible! (Gasp.)
Humans were changing their body size long before calories and calorie-tracking apps existed.
Tracking calories and macros can be a very successful approach to losing fat, gaining muscle, or maintaining your weight. In fact, it’s the method I’ve had the greatest success with in my own bodybuilding journey, and I employ it with many clients.
However, it isn’t for everyone.
You can never track calories or macros, and still get great results. So, if you’ve tried it and it just isn’t for you, why not have a crack at one of the three fat loss methods in this article?
Fair warning: Not a single one of them involves cutting out entire food groups, your favourite treats, or any joy from your life!
When you’re trying to diet, your period can be a bitch. Am I right?
You start the diet, you do really well for a couple of weeks and lose a pound or two, then that time of the month comes… and, all of a sudden, you find yourself half-way through your cookie jar in ten minutes.
Maybe you’ve even read my tips on how to control your food cravings, but the allure of that chocolate box is simply irresistible during your period.
Are you doomed to never get into shape?
In fact, you can literally have your cake and eat it: By understanding more about your menstrual cycle, you can lose fat and have chocolate, too.
Want to learn how? Keep reading.
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