Have You Cut Down on Calories but You're Still Not Losing Weight? | FREE Meal Prep Guide Included

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Losing weight does NOT mean starving yourself!!

"A lot of women overshoot their calorie deficit when they start their weight loss journey by going to the extreme. Once they reach a weight loss plateau, they can't decrease their calories lower without negatively impacting their health.

I had a woman come up to me at the gym a while ago and explained to me how she was barely eating 1,000 calories some days (she was tracking her calories consistently) then doing cardio for an hour or two on top of that but was frustrated that her belly wouldn't go down.

When you aren't eating enough during weight loss here's what happens:

  1. You lose muscle mass at a faster rate than would occur during slow sustainable weight loss which leads to your metabolism slowing faster than would be expected during weight loss,

  2. Slower metabolism = harder to lose weight = reach a weight loss plateau faster,

  3. Not getting enough nutrients = low energy, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, loss of period, loss of hair, brittle nails etc.,

  4. Increased cravings which can lead to binge eating habits or a binge eating disorder over time."

Here Elaine points out what are actually the symptoms of Starvation Mode. Clearly, it shouldn't be an ideal state to live in permanently, and especially not worth it if you're trying to lose weight .


Starvation Mode (or Adaptive Thermogenesis) is an evolutionary tool which was needed when cave-Kings and cave-Queens were hunters & gatherers and there wasn't always a consistent source of nutritious food. The body then stops burning energy (calories) to keep what it already has "in stock" because it doesn't know when it will be receiving another meal.

This is survival mode for the body. It doesn't care how you look - it's only goal is to make sure you live as long as possible until your next meal.

“Our findings suggest that a group of neurons in the brain coordinate appetite and energy expenditure, and can turn a switch on and off to burn or spare calories depending on what’s available in the environment. If food is available, they (the neurons) make us eat, and if food is scarce, they turn our body into saving mode and stop us from burning fat,” says Dr Clémence Blouet from the Metabolic Research Laboratories at University of Cambridge, who led this study.¹

Eating so few calories only seems to do more damage than good, and will, in fact, only hold on tighter to the unwanted fat that you are trying so hard to lose!

Imagine wanting to go on a road trip but refusing to put any gas in the car. The car won't move if it's on empty, will it? - That's exactly what your body is like when attempting to burn excess fat in Starvation Mode.


Any fad diet that is heavily restrictive on what, when and how much you can eat and promises to help you 'lose weight fast', probably isn't a healthy trend recommended to be followed.

Your weight loss diet/meal plan should be easy enough to follow every day, without the possibility of food guilt, total restriction from cultural or favourite foods, starvation mode symptoms or feelings of wanting to binge. (Yes, it is possible to stay on a weight loss diet that you don't absolutely hate to see great results! lol).

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Cut down on food prepping stress instead of your well-needed calories!

Grab your copy to see how your current diet compares and what improvements could be made. Weight Loss is a Journey of continuously adapting and updating yourself - in more ways than one, and not only a final destination to be reached.

Having a great meal preparation routine & diet is a largely important part of effective weight loss; it also saves you plenty of time and trouble in general. I wouldn't say it's what matters "most" because here at Fitness Beyond Aesthetics, we believe the Journey is more than "the perfect diet/trend" or the "fastest way to lose stubborn belly fat". It's a lifestyle, a mentality and a supportive community (online or those around you) that creates the happy, healthy and successful Weight Loss Journey.

If you feel you're in this situation, where you know you're not eating enough and you're no longer losing weight, BOOK Your 1:1 Weight Loss Coaching to regain your health and get your journey back to where you want it to be!

Written by: Andrea Thelen of AuthenticAndrea44



¹ Cambridge, U. (2017, May 23). Why our brain cells may prevent us burning fat when we're dieting. University of Cambridge. https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/why-our-brain-cells-may-prevent-us-burning-fat-when-were-dieting

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