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Before You Cut Your Deficit Calories...

Before you cut your deficit calories even more are you...

Are you assessing all of your measurements of progress?

This includes scale weight, but also measurements, progress photos, and clothing fit. Just because the scale doesn't budge doesn't mean your body isn't making changes!

Are you weighing your food?

Weighing your food is far more accurate then measuring your food in cups and just "eyeballing" it.

I use a scale that has grams and ounces.

Similar to this one on Amazon.

Are you truly tracking everything?

Bites, licks, and tastes add up. If you aren't seeing the results you want, this may be the reason.

Are you eating lots of take out?

You can eat out and still lose weight; however, it isn't always easy to track what you eat when you eat out. It is often a guesstimate of what you are eating.

Are you Drinking enough water?

Water can help with weight loss in several ways. It may boost your metabolism, suppress your appetite, supports digestion, and make exercise easier and more efficient. This all can contribute to results on the scale.

Are you managing your stress?

Stress can impact weight loss in several ways. Including eating more, sleeping less, and producing more of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can increase body fat and can make it harder to lose weight.

Are you sleeping well?

Too little sleep can also increase cortisol levels. Which again can make it more difficult to lose weight.

Are you getting your NEAT in?

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) are the calories burned by the movements we make as we go about our daily life. This includes walking around, sleeping, breathing, and eating.

Are you sick (or were you recently sick) or on a new medication?

Some medications can affect your body's metabolism. This can cause your body to burn calories at a slower rate even if you are doing everything else right.

Some medicines also might cause you to retain more water. This can make the scale go up even if you don't put on extra fat.

Keep these things in mind before you decide to cut your deficit calories! You may just need to focus on the basics.


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