Why a drastic calorie cut may not be what you need.
If you’re trying to lose weight it may seem like cutting your calories drastically will equal faster results but before you go slashing your calories keep in mind that there are certain factors that determine how many calories you burn throughout the day:
- Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) – how many calories you burn throughout the day without doing anything.
- How many calories you burn through exercise
- How many calories you burn by eating – Yep, you burn calories when you eat. It’s small but it still counts.
- Your body fat – The more muscle you have the more calories it takes to maintain.
- Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) – a fancy way of saying how many calories you burn doing non-exercise related activities. Everything from cooking to fidgeting.
- Create a smaller deficit – by keeping calories closer to maintenance it will be easier for your body to adapt to the changes and not cause you to feel hungry all the time.
- By not drastically cutting calories you’ll have more energy for your workouts leading to a greater calorie burn from exercise plus you’ll burn more calories from eating.
- Lift heavy – By lifting weights you’ll help to preserve your muscle which will help keep your metabolism up. For more on why lifting is important for fat-loss click here.
- Eat protein – High protein diets have been shown to help minimize muscle loss during fat-loss phases.
- While NEAT will still be impacted it won’t be as great as with a larger deficit.