"A blind man doesn't use his Cane to feel for troubles, but to find the safety in the middle ground"...
Finding the middle ground can often be quite hard for people.
You have a fear of going too far.
But then you also have a fear of going at all.
This analogy can apply to anything.
Today i'm talking nutrition.
For years you have followed diet plans and advice you've read in the glossy magazines.
They state that you should 'eat less and move more', eat this not that, she lost 3 stone doing this method and if you eat these foods you'll gain weight.
No wonder you have fear.
What if you are already malnourished (lacking nutrients) and then you take the above advice? (eat less, move more) You would become even more malnourished and find it even harder to lose fat - And no doubt get run down and ill.
So who is telling the truth?
What if I was to say that individuals could lose weight if they actually moved less and ate more?
What would you think then?
Just adds more confusion to the pile of information that you have in your head already that needs sorting, right?
Well, here's where I want you to start.
- Finding The Middle Ground -
Most of you won't eat enough. You have a fear that eating more than you currently do will lead to fat gain.
This however is not true. Not eating enough will actually lead to FAT STORAGE.
The flip side of this is that you DO eat too much. Maybe you're eating the wrong foods that have little satiation value. Therefore never feel full which leads to more food consumption.
This will lead to FAT GAIN.
Can you see that there is a difference?
So what is your goal?
- Find The Middle Ground -
Each of you have a individual Caloric Requirement that you need to consume on a daily basis to function. If you are significantly under that, you will store fat. If you go over and in excess of that figure, you will gain fat.
So what is the 'magic number' you need?
Well it does depend on a number of things.
- Your Body Shape
- Your Body Fat %
- Your Activity Levels
- Your Previous Nutritional History
- Your Goal
But for the sake of this blog post, let's work on some average figures.
Firstly, measure your weight in kg.
Yes, that will mean maybe facing your fear of getting on the Scales.
I'm not a fan of being fixated by how much you weigh, but for the sake of this equation, I'm good for it.
If you have taken your weight in kg, times it by 2.2. That will give you the lb equivalent.
If you've taken it in lbs, perfect.
I want you to multiply that final number by 12 AND 14.
You should have two large figures.
If it was mine, it'd would be:
171.6lbs x 12 = 2,059
171.6lbs x 14 = 2,402
The two above figures are my Caloric Requirements that I need to consume for daily function & fat loss.
You will see that there is a 350 calorie difference between the two numbers.
This is fine. This is your 'Golden Zone'.
Think of it like a window, a bracket. Two numbers you work between.
You've calculated YOUR MIDDLE GROUND.
You're probably looking at your numbers and thinking "wow, that's a big number, surely i'll put weight on if I eat that much!?".
The answer - NO.
As I said above, you're more than likely in a position of FAT STORAGE.
If you are no where near this number, it is probably the reason why you are struggling to lose weight and drop body fat. You're maybe even experiencing low energy levels, constant fatigue, headaches, poor sleep patterns and even some hormonal changes too.
If you are OVER this number. You will be gaining body fat.
So what do you do next?
Read Part II coming soon...
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