Don’t Make THIS Most Common Mistake When Trying To Lose Fat
Slashing calories below the basal metabolic rate (BMR) is one of the worst things you can do when trying to lose body fat. When you drastically cut calories to the 1,200-a-day range, the body will fairly quickly downregulate your metabolism in order to preserve the fuel stores, and you’ll burn fewer calories daily.
Top it off with needing to fight off hunger with willpower, and you’ll elevate the stress hormone cortisol. If you’re training hard in an effort to get things moving again, high cortisol will become a chronic problem and you can throw your hormones completely out of balance.
Your sleep will be disrupted, you’ll lose muscle mass, your digestion will be off, and your body will hang on to every last fat store as if your life depended on it. The result is serious metabolic damage that makes it nearly impossible to lose body fat or perform at your best.
Solution: Never slash calories intentionally. Instead, figure out a way of eating that allows you to stay satisfied and avoid hunger.
Most people find that higher protein, lower carb diets allow them to naturally eat less without trying because the protein leads to a better release of hunger-reducing hormones.
Protein foods also provide a metabolic advantage because they cost the body more calories and they preserve lean muscle mass, giving your basal metabolic rate a lift.