Yeah I get it, you're trying to lose fat. But listen homies, you earn cutting with consistency. Jumping in and out of restrictive diets keeps leading you down the path to hormonal damage, gut issues, and weight loss plateaus. NONE of those things are fun.
You might be under-consuming if you have...
In most cases, if our weight is stable, we’re eating at maintenance overall. We often don’t realize this because we think about the days when we're sticking to our "diet" or plan and don't realize the damage those weekends or "off" days are creating. Our bodies are really good at keeping us in homeostasis, so that deficit you were in was beat by cravings, binging, or just loosening up meals with less structure.
What works here? Consuming adequate calories every day to curb the cravings, balance hormones and create an environment for fat loss.
Another common scenario is the chronic dieter who has restricted calories repeatedly to the extent that their hormone production and metabolism have down regulated. The body resists this chronic underconsumption by setting a new (lower) maintenance. Not great when that number is too low to do anything with and again feeds the cycle of down-regulated functions. A gradual caloric increase is often the key to ramping things back up and permitting more fat loss to occur .
Not sure how much is enough for you? Use @cronometer_official to calculate, and you’ll get an honest assessment of how much you’re actually eating by tracking for a week.
Or you can just start by eating this 3-4 times per day (1 = gals, 2 = dudes):
Don’t believe it can be that simple? Prove me wrong.