What is the hardest part of your fitness/nutrition journey? Mine is consistency!!!! Being consistent with working out 6 days a week (my personal goal) and maintaining my clean eating habits on the weekend (SERIOUSLY, why is it so hard). But with each week I am improving with my consistency with the help of logging my meals and workouts into MyFitnessPal. I admit that my consistency began with the fear of the repercussions that I would face from my trainer if I missed any days (I have already had to do 20 burpees as punishment and have changed my ways LOL).
However, when I first started my workout routine with my trainer, I was asked to log all my workouts and meals in MyFitnessPal. I understood the reason for logging my meals but I always felt that you were receiving a reward with logging your workouts with an increase in your daily calories. Why would you eat the calories you burned? Just because I burned 500 calories doesn’t mean I should be rewarded with 500 additional calories to consume, or so I thought. Prior to meeting my trainer, I had inconsistently used MyFitnessPal but I would only log my meals but never once logged my workouts. So I asked him if I could keep track of my workouts on my Fitbit because I thought he just wanted to keep track of my consistency.
From our conversation, I quickly learned that I had the wrong thought process when it came to tracking my calorie output when it came to my nutrition. While I was losing weight from my method of not including my calorie output into MyFitnessPal, I eventually hit a plateau and stopped losing weight. Even though I was still maintaining my calorie restriction, I was slowing down my metabolism and my body was responding to the reduced intake by reducing my calorie output and what I was burning during my workouts to maintain energy balance and prevent starvation which was the cause of me not losing any more weight.
Let’s say that MyFitnessPal is set to a daily caloric deficit of 1,240 calories and this number is the minimum calorie input needed to maintain fat loss. I meet with my trainer and engage in a full body workout for 60 mins and burn 500 calories, after entering my calorie output into MyFitnessPal it would increase my daily caloric intake to 1,740. Including my calorie output isn’t a reward because in the end I am at the same 1,240 caloric intake that I need to be at to maintain my goals because the calories burned from my workout and the additional calorie intake included in MyFitnessPal nets to zero.
However, prior to understanding this logic and not entering my workouts was leaving me at daily calories of only 740 calories. Even thought I was entering meals in MyFitnessPal that netted to my minimum intake of 1,240 I wasn’t meeting my minimum daily requirements and so my body began to reduce my calorie output to maintain an energy balance.
I am so appreciative that my trainer forced me to follow his logic because even though I thought I was still in my plateau because my scale hasn’t moved, I have lost a total of 6% body fat since I started our routine. So don’t cheat yourself, eat those calories!!
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