I have a couple of clients who are under their daily caloric needs for weight loss. The calories were calculated using their body fat %, age, height, weight, and activity level. One client should be around 1900 and after having him keep track of his calories for a week, he fluctuated from 1100 to 1700 per day. I tried to explain how we need to slowly introduce calories into his diet, but he’s so afraid of gaining weight. He’s lost about 20 pounds already and is down 1 pound from last week. Is it better to allow his to continue his eating habits or get his calories up? He really needs the calories to continue building muscle and keep his energy level up to perform better. We train about 3 days a week with various workouts that range from strength training, to endurance training, to power and interval training.
*I should add that we started training in January, so he’s lost 20 pounds in about 7 months. He still need to drop about 12 more pounds of body fat.
I just tell everyone that I never want to see them go under 1200kcal-1400kcal as that is the bare essentials for basic metabolic functions (ie nervous system, liver, kidneys…). I, also, explain how the body is a highly adaptive machine. If you are cutting back on your fat intake (as most of society does), your body is going, “Oh NO! I am not getting fat and I need fat. I am going to store every ounce of fat that I can!!” This throws people into the yo-yo-loop.
To Deprive Earns you NO HIGH FIVE! In my book 🙂