The Biggest Post Diet Mistakes
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably lost some weight. So let me first start by saying CONGRATULATIONS! Weight loss isn’t easy and you should be super proud of yourself. Now it’s the daunting task of maintaining the new you! I personally think maintenance is harder than weight loss… but I am here to help!
The biggest mistake I see a lot of people make when they finish a diet, is they go back to the calorie level they were eating pre-diet. The new you doesn’t need as much fuel as the old you. Let me give you an analogy - a truck needs a lot more fuel then a little hatch back. If you fill the little hatch back up with the same amount of fuel as the truck it will overflow. Same goes with your body, the old you weighed more - which means it needed more fuel to function. The new you is a smaller version so it needs less fuel. If you fuel it like it was the old you, the fuel will then be stored into your fat cells. Then you’re back at square one.
To mitigate this problem, once you hit goal weight head to our calorie calculator tab and pop your details in and the calculator will tell you what your news calories are for the new you!
Another mistake is people get excited and start having cheat meals because of all their hard work during the dieting phase. Now, let me remind you that if you go over your calories by 3500 you can gain 500g. That might seem like a lot but if you go overboard one too many times it can add up quickly!
My recommendation to stop the post diet binge, is to not restrict yourself throughout the diet. Here at Slim Mama, we believe in the 80/20 rule, this means 80% of the time eat healthy and 20% of the time enjoy your treats! This way you won’t feel restricted, and the urge for the post diet binge won’t be as strong as you have allowed your treats meals every now and then.
I hope that helps, if you have any post diet tips please leave them in the comments below!